Writers’ Program, New York City: Negroes of New York

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The WPA’s Federal Writers’ Project sponsored many volumes on social history, including what was to have been the first comprehensive history of New York’s black population. The WPA was cancelled before the book could be brought to press, and the promised volume did not appear until 1967. This microfilm publication reproduces the notes gathered for the project, including an enormous amount of material not included in the book. The information is arranged in alphabetical order under such headings as "Characteristics and samples of Negro speech in New York," and "Negro policemen and firemen."