The Way They Saw It: The Changing Face of Bronzeville

The Way They Saw It: The Changing Face of Bronzeville
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by Theodoric Manley, Jr.

The Way They Saw It is a moving documentary of the historic Bronzeville area, located south of downtown Chicago. Through photos, student reflections, and interviews with the inhabitants, Theodoric Manley, Jr., and his students show the plight of African-Americans who are being forced from their homes through rezoning.

Manley traces the Great Migration from the Jim Crow South to the Black Metropolis and shows the rise of many historical figures. Now redevelopment is forcing out the original inhabitants, and condominiums are replacing the former culture-laden landmarks. As the students explore Bronzeville, you will be moved by their reflections on the reclaiming of the historic area by downtown Chicago. This comprehensive study of Black versus White America shows that racism isn’t dead.


Theodoric Manley, Jr., is a professor at DePaul University in the Department of Sociology. He holds a B.A. from Tarkio College, an M.A. from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Theodoric has four children— Geneva, Theo, Violet, and Marzell. He is a member of the American Sociological Association and has previously published The Black Metropolis Revisited.

(2008, paperback, 200 pages)

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