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Deep Ellum and Central Track: Where the Black and White Worlds of Dallas Converged

Govenar, Alan B.;Brakefield, Jay F.

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ISBN 10: 1574410512 / ISBN 13: 9781574410518
Published by Univ of North Texas Press, Denton, Texas, U.S.A., 1998
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Owner's half page inscription to front pastedown. Jacket spine very mildly sunned. Else a nice tight copy. True first edition, does not look like any picture at left. Bookseller Inventory # 33286

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Title: Deep Ellum and Central Track: Where the ...

Publisher: Univ of North Texas Press, Denton, Texas, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition/First Printing.

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A mile east of the School Book Depository in downtown Dallas lies a section of the city called Deep Ellum. Because of the area's long association with blues and jazz musicians, Deep Ellum has been shrouded in myth and misconceptions which obscure its actual history. Alan Govenar and Jay Brakefield - using oral histories, old newspapers and photographs, city directories and maps, as well as more traditional public records and secondary sources - reveal another side of Deep Ellum which includes Central Track, an area lined with black-owned business which served both black and white patrons during its heyday in the 1920s and 30s. In the Deep Ellum and Central Track areas, African Americans and whites - primarily Eastern European Jews - operated businesses from the late 19th to the mid- 20th centuries, creating a unique social climate where cultural interaction took place. Much of the information in the book is presented through the stories of remarkable individuals, including professionals, pawn-brokers and other merchants, police officers, criminals, and the blues and jazz musicians who had a lasting impact on American popular music.

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