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By Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

A significant other to the Harlem Renaissance offers a finished selection of unique essays that tackle the literature and tradition of the Harlem Renaissance from the tip of global warfare I to the center of the 1930s.

  • Represents the main accomplished assurance of topics and special new views at the Harlem Renaissance available
  • Features unique contributions from either rising students of the Harlem Renaissance and demonstrated educational “stars” within the field
  • Offers various interdisciplinary gains, reminiscent of the part on visible and expressive arts, that emphasize the collaborative nature of the era
  • Includes “Spotlight Readings” that includes lesser identified figures of the Harlem Renaissance and newly came upon or undervalued writings by means of canonical figures       

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Antebellum Black Manhattan In Black Manhattan, Johnson adopted a historian’s perspective to argue two related points: that the “literary and artistic emergence” of the Negro American “goes back a long way,” and that “New York has been, almost exclusively, the place where that emergence has taken place” (Johnson 1972, 260). Johnson placed these beginnings in Lower Manhattan at the moment of Emancipation in New York State on July 4, 1827. It wouldn’t be too far‐fetched to suggest that a “race capital” was already in formation.

36 Andreá N. Williams 1929, Chesnutt himself would state this fact even more emphatically, telling a group of younger listeners on a different occasion, “in our own day—I may well say in your own day—mine is mostly behind me,—the Negro has become articulate, voluble, sometimes garrulous, and now and then even strident … The Negro is the literary fashion of the day” (1999a, 517; emphasis original). With such sentiments, Chesnutt passed the metaphorical torch of black representa­ tion and leadership to a new group of artists, hoping that they could capitalize on expanded opportunities for aesthetic experimentation, receptive publishing venues, and national and international recognition.

Pub. 1925. McAllister, Marvin. 2003. White People Do Not Know How to Behave at Entertainments Designed for Ladies & Gentlemen of Colour. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. McHenry, Elizabeth. 2003. Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Miller, Monica L. 2009. Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. New York Age. 1887–91. New York.

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