328 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 13 halftones
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4867-5
Published: April 2019
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4866-8
Published: April 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4868-2
Published: February 2019
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About the Author
Traci Parker is assistant professor of Afro-American studies at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
For more information about Traci Parker, visit the Author Page.
"Sheds light on the intricacies and impacts of African Americans' attempts to be afforded the right to work and shop at established stores. Wonderfully detailed."--Library Journal
"In this fascinating book, Traci Parker convinces us that the department store of the twentieth century was far from a frivolous place. Rather it was a site as central to African American workers’ and consumers’ struggle for equality as the better-known factory floor and voting booth."--Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
"This is a powerful and largely untold story. Parker masterfully captures the distinct yet intertwined fates of worker and consumer rights."--Victoria W. Wolcott, State University of New York at Buffalo
"Traci Parker's meticulously researched book offers us a brilliant analysis of department stores as sites of black resistance to discrimination in both work and leisure. This is a welcome addition to the field of African American history, and, more broadly, the history of capitalism."--Vicki Howard, author of From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store
"Traci Parker’s Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement is a highly readable account of African American struggles to secure equal access to the palaces of consumption that once dominated American retail. While pre–civil rights era department stores were theoretically open to all, most offered blacks few employment opportunities, and unequal service. Parker's book chronicles both this discrimination and black resistance to it, offering an engrossing account of the department store movement that extends from the 'Don’t Buy Where You Can’t Work Campaigns' of the 1920s to the sit-ins of the 1960s."--Mia Bay, coeditor of Race and Retail: Consumption Across the Color Line