Perhaps because of the author's intimacy with Grand Rapids itself, it seems as though Jelks has left no stone unturned in finding sources to bolster his overarching argument that the Protestant work ethic was a large part of the driving force in this urban African American community's search for "respectability." [...] African Americans in the Furniture City has undoubtedly situated itself as an essential part of the canon of black community studies.
African Americans in the Furniture City: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Gra... Stefan Bradley Afro - Americans in New York Life and History; Jan 2010; 34, 1; Docst
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