Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago | Newberry

Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago

Brian McCammack

Brian McCammack

Meet the Author: Brian McCammack
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Author Talk 6 pm, Book Signing 7 pm

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Open to the Public
Meet the Author
Chicago Studies Programs

Situated at the intersection of race and place in American history, Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago traces the contours of a black environmental consciousness that runs throughout the African American experience.

Between 1915 and 1940, hundreds of thousands of African Americans moved away from the South to begin new lives in the urban North. In Chicago alone, the black population quintupled in a quarter century. In the first interdisciplinary history to frame the African American Great Migration as an environmental experience, Landscapes of Hope travels to Chicago’s parks and beaches as well as youth camps, vacation resorts, and the farms and forests of the rural Midwest. Despite persistent racial discrimination and violence in many of these places, African Americans retreated there to relax and sometimes work, reconnecting with southern identities and lifestyles they had left behind. No matter how crowded or degraded, green spaces provided a refuge for black Chicagoans and an opportunity to realize the promise of nature and of the Great Migration itself.

After his talk, the author will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase in the Newberry Rosenberg Bookshop.

Brian McCammack is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Lake Forest College. Landscapes of Hope recently won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner Award for best first scholarly book in American history, the American Society for Environmental History’s George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history, and the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for contributions to landscape studies.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public. Register using this online form by 3 pm Tuesday, March 5.

Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. If seats remain available, walk-ins will be admitted about ten minutes before the event’s start.

People with disabilities and other accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, first register using the link above, then email at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.