A survey of black families in rural Wisconsin, 1959

Negro Families in Rural Wisconsin: A study of their community life


Although the majority of Wisconsin's African American population settled in more urban areas, others chose to live in small towns or on farms. In the 1950s, the Governor's Commission on Human Rights began surveying the state to find statistical as well as personal information about rural African Americans. The commission interviewed 486 African Americans in all and the report, released in 1959, provides biographical sketches of some of the individuals. They also interviewed white community members in an attempt to discern the tenor of racial relations in rural settings.


Related Topics: Industrialization and Urbanization
Wisconsin's Response to 20th-century change
Post-war African-American Migration
Desegregation and Civil Rights
Creator: Governor's Commission on Human Rights
Pub Data: Madison, Wis. : Governor's Commission on Human Rights, 1959. (GO RI 2:N4/2/1959)
Citation: "Negro families in rural Wisconsin : a study of their community life." (Madison, Wis. : Governor's Commission on Human Rights, 1959); online facsimile at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1099 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1099; Visited on: 10/30/2014
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