The Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Washington's U Street: A Biography
Home throughout the years to important scholars, entertainers, and political figures, as well as to historically prominent African American institutions, Washington's U Street neighborhood is a critical zone of contact between black and white America. Howard University and the Howard Theater are both located there; Duke Ellington grew up in the neighborhood; and diplomat Ralph Bunche, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and medical researcher Charles Drew were all members of the community. This book traces the history of the U Street neighborhood from its Civil War–era origins to its recent gentrification.
What People are Saying
"No one, to my knowledge, has assembled a narrative on black Washington that covered such an expanse. There have been a number of books that have looked at black Washington during a certain era, but they do not attempt the sort of panoptic approach that one finds in Washington's U Street." — Jonathan Holloway, Yale University
“I don’t know how many streets have biographies written about them, but U Street's is definitely the hippest.”—Kick Ass Book Reviews
List of Profiles
List of Maps
List of Figures
Introduction: Washington's Contact Zone
1. Ambiguous Roots
2. A City "Like the South"
3. Confronting the Nation
4. "Black Broadway"
5. The Last Colony
6. Chocolate City
7. "The New You"