Cayton, Horace Roscoe

Cayton, Horace Roscoe

(1903–70) sociologist, cultural anthropologist; born in Seattle, Wash. The son of a newspaper editor, he was a sailor for four years before entering the University of Washington (B.A. 1932). He taught at Fisk University and later headed a Works Progress Administration research project in Chicago that formed the basis of the landmark study Black Metropolis (1946), which he coauthored with St. Clair Drake. He became a professor at the University of California: Berkeley in 1959.
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