Item #17523 West Baltimore Neighborhoods: Sketches of Their History 1840-1960. Roderick N. Ryon.

West Baltimore During its 19th and early 20th-Century Glory Days

West Baltimore Neighborhoods: Sketches of Their History 1840-1960

Baltimore, Md: The University of Baltimore, 1993. Quarto. Near Fine. Item #17523

An exquisite work on this often overlooked aspect of Baltimore history,

Trade paperback. 199pp. Square tight binding. Clean interior. Nearly flawless, save for a small previous bookseller sticker remnant to top front corner.

West Baltimore is a huge section of the city notorious for violent and other drug-related crime, but also for its unique culture, endless streets of old Baltimore rowhouses with their marble stoops, and sprawling parklands.

"Google "West Baltimore," and the bulk of the hits that show up for several pages of search results are regarding crime. This is how the world sees West Baltimore, and, while yes, there is an awful amount of violent crime here, this is not fair and not even close to the whole picture of real-life in an urban area rich with culture and history. While African-American history in Baltimore begins in East Baltimore, it moved to the west at the turn of the twentieth century and stayed there. To put it in symbolic terms, Frederick Douglass was raised in East Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall in West Baltimore.

"African-American culture found its heart along Pennsylvania and North Avenues, earning its place as one of the East Coast's "Black Broadways," on the music and entertainment circuit between D.C., Philadelphia, and Harlem in New York." - wiki.

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