Digital Harlem at the SSHA Conference

I’ll be giving a presentation on Digital Harlem — “Mapping Everyday Life: Digital Harlem, 1915-1930” — in Long Beach, California, on November 13, 2009, as part of the Social Science History Association Conference.


Divorce Raids

Divorce raids were a staple of the Amsterdam News throughout the 1920s, and featured a cross section of respectable Harlem, from physicians, dentists, attorneys, insurance agents, musicians and bandleaders, to clergymen, prominent lodge members, churchgoers, and individuals simply identified as “well-known Harlemites,” caught throughout the neighborhood in bed with people other than their spouses.  Private… Continue reading Divorce Raids

Prostitution arrests

Prostitutes were among the blacks who migrated from the San Juan Hill neighborhood to Harlem.  As early as 1919, according to reformer Willoughby Waterman, they had relocated from West Side Ave between  34th and 56th Streets to the area of 7th Avenue from 132nd to 143rd Streets.  The number of black prostitutes arrested by police… Continue reading Prostitution arrests

“This Harlem Life” in the Journal of Social History

Our article "This Harlem Life: Black Families and Everyday Life in the 1920s and 1930s" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Social History.  (It appeared in the Fall 2010 issue). The article uses the Probation Department files to reconstruct the lives of five men "to highlight what the black metropolis offered those… Continue reading “This Harlem Life” in the Journal of Social History