The Black Gotham Archive

The Black Gotham Archive

The part detective tale is partly a cultural and social narrative. Black Gotham is regarded as Carla Peterson’s riveting account of her great quest to rebuild the lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. As she shares stories of them as well as their friends, business associates, and neighbors. She also illuminates on the greater history of the African-American elites at New York City. To know more about the Black Gotham archives, click on the link http://thegothamarchives.com/.

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Black Gotham often challenges many of the accepted truths in the society about the African American history as well as the assumption that the common phrase ‘nineteenth-century black Americans’ means enslaved people and ‘New York state before the civil war’ does refer to a place of freedom. It also challenges the belief that a black elite was not in existence until the twentieth century.

Beginning her tale in the 1820s, Peterson focuses on the students of the Mulberry Street School whose graduates go on to become the prominent African American leaders. She then traces their political activities as well as their numerous political achievements, achievements in business and trade as well as the professions against the early backdrop of the expansion of racism, the rise of Jim Crow and finally the trauma caused by the civil war draft riots.

The story is typically told in a vivid and fast paced style that does not get the readers bored. It is an essential account of the rarely recognized achievements of the nineteenth century African Americans as well as brings to the forefront an important yet forgotten part of the American history and culture.

The sole goal of the Archive is to link an attractive website, geographical spaces in Brooklynn and Lower Manhattan and smartphones so as to help bring a much deeper understanding of the nineteenth century of the Black New York. This project is also an extension of the book Black Gotham which shows the family history of Black Americans in the 19th century.

About the Author

The book’s author, Carla Peterson’s latest book Black Gotham, a family history of the black Americans is a cultural as well as social history of these Black Americans as seen through the family history portrayed in the book. Peterson is, however, a trained professional in the English and affiliate faculty in the department of the Comparative Literature Program (CLP) in the department of women studies. She is also at once a tender labor of love, and she travels the famous streets of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan to discover the hidden and rich history of the New York’s Black Elite. This thus proves that this book arose from her deep research from her own families and this reminds us that in all our families, lies the country’s history.

Black Gotham is a fascinating book and gives an interesting look at the history of Black Americans. It is quite intriguing and gives a definite spark to its reader thus if you would like to dig more into your past without getting bored, then this book is a must read.