Clarence Lang is an Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. His main research areas are African American working-class history, the Black Freedom Movement, and the twentieth-century urban Midwest. He is the author of Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-75 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009); and co-editor with Robbie Lieberman of Anticommunism and the African American Freedom Movement: “Another Side of the Story” (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He has published his work in The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Urban History, The Black Scholar, New Politics, Against the Current, and The Chronicle Review.
In the article below Clarence Lang, an associate professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas describes his book, Grassroots at the Gateway which explores the changes in 20th Century St. Louis’s political, economic, and social landscape and how those changes … Read MoreBlack Freedom and Social Class in St. Louis, Missouri between the Great Depression and the Great Society