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The Birth of the Bureau, Coupled with the Birth of J. Edgar Hoover, Ensured the FBI’s Attention to African American Literature

William J. Maxwell

in F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691130200
eISBN:
9781400852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691130200.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This part aims to add depth and detail to less-familiar portraits of Hoover as a young militant, and to establish the character of the also young law enforcement agency he joined in the wake of World ... More


“Dean of Afro-american Composers” or “harlem Renaissance Man”: The New Negro and the Musical Poetics of William Grant Still

Catherine Parsons Smith

in William Grant Still: A Study in Contradictions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520215429
eISBN:
9780520921573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520215429.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter describes the relationship between Still's work and the Harlem Renaissance. It studies three style periods of Still's concert music, namely “Ultra-Modern”, “racial”, and “universal.” ... More


A New Negro from the Old South

Jeffrey Magee

in The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195090222
eISBN:
9780199871469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090222.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

Henderson came to New York City in 1920 on the threshold of the Harlem Renaissance, an era in which the “New Negro”, as defined by writer Alain Locke, would create a new era of African American ... More


Representing the New Negro

Jenny Woodley

in Art for Equality: The NAACPs Cultural Campaign for Civil Rights

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780813145167
eISBN:
9780813145471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813145167.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores the NAACP's response to black art and literature during the 1910s and 1920s. This was the era of the Harlem Renaissance, an explosion of black artistic creativity. It was also a ... More


“Harlem Jazzing”: Claude McKay, <i>Home to Harlem,</i> and Jazz Internationalism

John Lowney

in Jazz Internationalism: Literary Afro-Modernism and the Cultural Politics of Black Music

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041334
eISBN:
9780252099939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041334.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The first chapter concentrates on the fiction of Claude McKay, which explicitly locates jazz expression within intellectual debates about black internationalism. Beginning with consideration of ... More


The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz

Jeffrey Magee

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195090222
eISBN:
9780199871469
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090222.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

If Benny Goodman was the “King of Swing”, then Fletcher Henderson might be considered the power behind the throne. Not only did Henderson arrange the music that fueled Goodman's success, he also ... More


The Historical Roots of Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Black/White Intimacy

Amy C. Steinbugler

in Beyond Loving: Intimate Racework in Lesbian, Gay, and Straight Interracial Relationships

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199743551
eISBN:
9780199979370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743551.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter provides a context for analyzing contemporary interracial narratives by offering a brief social history of heterosexual and same-sex interracial intimacy. This history begins with the ... More


New Negro: Paul Robeson’s Formation in Harlem

James Donald

in Some of These Days: Black Stars, Jazz Aesthetics, and Modernist Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199354016
eISBN:
9780199354047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354016.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter provides the context in which to understand Paul Robeson’s reception in Europe as both “American” and “black,” showing how the interaction between the two terms defined his intellectual, ... More


Make Them Black and Bid Them Sing: Musical Poetry, Racial Transformation, and the Harlem Renaissance

T. Austin Graham

in The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, and the Value of Popular Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199862115
eISBN:
9780199332748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862115.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter explores the notion of a sung poetics in relation to race, turning to Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, and other poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Here, twentieth-century African-American ... More


The Renaissance and the New Negro

in Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226317762
eISBN:
9780226317809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226317809.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter explores the Renaissance and, as far as Alain L. Locke was concerned, the New Negro Movement. Many others often called it the Harlem Renaissance, although some felt this neglected ... More


Blues and Son from Harlem to Havana

Frank Andre Guridy

in Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807833612
eISBN:
9781469604060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895979_guridy.7
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter continues the theme of cross-cultural interaction by underscoring the role of promoters and audiences in the forging of the connections between the Harlem Renaissance and the ... More


Original Gangsta Culture: Fortune Economy and the Criminal Mediation of Black Entry into Urban Modernity

in Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226550350
eISBN:
9780226550374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines how and why the numbers racket (or policy) became one of the most definitive features of black Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s. It explains that the heyday of the Harlem ... More


New Negroes Forging a New World

Davarian L. Baldwin

in Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677382
eISBN:
9781452947877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677382.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This book investigates the Harlem Renaissance in the United States from a new vantage point in an attempt to challenge and expand our understanding of the New Negro experience. Alongside a wider ... More


It Don’t Mean a Thing: The Blues Mask of Modernism

Kevin Young

in The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031564
eISBN:
9781617031571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The rise of modernism coincided with the emergence and reach of the blues. This chapter explores the influence of blues music on modernism, focusing on the importance, intricacies, and intimacies of ... More


Harlem Renaissance Women and 580 St. Nicholas Avenue

Ethelene Whitmire

in Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038501
eISBN:
9780252096419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038501.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter looks at how Regina became part of the Harlem Renaissance upon her arrival in New York City. Events collided to put Regina at the forefront of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement ... More


“Home to Harlem” Again: Claude McKay and the Masculine Imaginary of Black Community

Thabiti Lewis

in Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677382
eISBN:
9781452947877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677382.003.0016
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter offers a reading of Claude McKay’s 1928 novel Home to Harlem, focusing on the predominately masculine lens through which he explores the variety and scope of black urban diasporic ... More


“The Eclipse”: Ballroom Dancing, Bodily Code-Switching, and the Harlem Renaissance

Danielle Robinson

in Modern Moves: Dancing Race during the Ragtime and Jazz Eras

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199779215
eISBN:
9780199379866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779215.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Dance, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Chapter four examines the social practice of nineteenth-century European American ballroom dancing among early twentieth-century elite African Americans, through Harlem WPA reports and articles in a ... More


The Harlem Renaissance Novel

Zita Nunes

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195385342
eISBN:
9780190252779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.003.0028
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on American novels written during the Harlem Renaissance, a period of unprecedented artistic production spanning the early 1920s and the mid-1930s. Also known as the Negro ... More


Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha: Queer Black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance

Gary Edward Holcomb

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813030494
eISBN:
9780813039381
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813030494.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

“Sasha” was the code name adopted by Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay (1889–1948) to foil investigations of his life and work. Over a period of two decades, the FBI, U.S. State Department, ... More


“Let’s Go Back Home”: The Slow Drag, Black Migration, and the Birth of Black Harlem

Danielle Robinson

in Modern Moves: Dancing Race during the Ragtime and Jazz Eras

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199779215
eISBN:
9780199379866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779215.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter draws upon Harlem Renaissance literature, Marshall and Jean Stearns’s jazz research interviews, and 1940s Works Progress Administration (WPA) reports to examine the social dancing that ... More


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