Books about West End by John Harshaw  History  mbeck  07-Nov-2016 01:40  0  6469 reads


John Harshaw is definitely the best historian of West End. 

In addition to participating in various panel discussions about history of West End and presenting on this topic (you can see some of them in our Video History section), he also published several books, including the "Cincinnati's West End"

As he writes on his Website

"Cincinnati’s West End is a snapshot of a community in Cincinnati, Ohio named the West End, during a specific time, 1940-1970, when the political and social climate was in a slow crawl from segregation to integration and affirmative action. With its ever-changing boundaries, the West End was a citadel for a population in constant migration from the South to the North in search of positive economic, social, political, and educational opportunities. Up rooted and destroyed in the late nineteen fifties and early sixties, the West End of old bears little resemblance to the current West end.

Cincinnati’s West End is an illumination of the institutions, people, places, sounds, smells, customs, myths and ultimate successes of inner city pioneers. Their personal histories are spiritual testimonies of people who, in spite of racism, segregation, and poverty succeeded in a profusion of professions unknown to their ancestors." 

His latest book is "Jazz On A Broken Piano". It covers the Betty Butler murder case in the West End in 1952. She became the first African-American woman in Ohio to die in the electric chair and was quoted internationally in the Wanda Jean Allen murder case.

You can visit his Website and purchase autographed copies there.

You can contact John at:  513-549-6508 or visit his Facebook

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