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Maurice Peress

in Dvorák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Rediscovers America's Music and Its African-American Roots

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195098228
eISBN:
9780199869817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.003.0019
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This final chapter takes a walk through what once was Dvorák's New York neighborhood. It discusses the unsuccessful battle to save the Dvorák House where Dvorák lived from 1892-5. The heightened ... More


The Remix: Afro-Indian Intimacies

Diana Rebekkah Paulin

in Imperfect Unions: Staging Miscegenation in U.S. Drama and Fiction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816670987
eISBN:
9781452947204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816670987.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter explores the interracial mixing among Indians and blacks and its embodiment of miscegenation in America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It reads Pauline ... 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


Introduction: James Weldon Johnson’s Transnational Vaudeville

Ira Dworkin

in Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632711
eISBN:
9781469632735
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632711.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This introduction uses the popular James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson song “Congo Love Song” to consider the way that African American popular culture—in this instance a wildly successful ... More


Syncope Fever James Weldon Johnson and the Black Phonographic Voice

Katherine Biers

in Virtual Modernism: Writing and Technology in the Progressive Era

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816667543
eISBN:
9781452946542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816667543.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on James Weldon Johnson and his quest to achieve cultural uplift for African Americans during the “nadir” of race relations in the ’teens. It argues that ragtime music—a ... More


The Futurity of Miscegenation

Diana Rebekkah Paulin

in Imperfect Unions: Staging Miscegenation in U.S. Drama and Fiction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816670987
eISBN:
9781452947204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816670987.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter explores how Pauline Hopkins and James Weldon Johnson staged the transnational and diasporic contours of miscegenation through their works: Of One Blood, or the Hidden Self and The ... More


THE PREVAILING WINDS

Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

in Mencken: The American Iconoclast

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195072389
eISBN:
9780199787982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

America's entry into war on April 2, 1917, turned Mencken's life upside down. As a German-American now writing for the New York Evening Mail, he became the target of super-patriots. George Creel ... More


The Church and the Negro Spirit

Josef Sorett

in Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199844937
eISBN:
9780190606640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844937.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter offers an extended portrait of a persistent pairing—of church and spirit—that appeared in so much of black writing during the 1920s. Special attention is paid to several of the texts ... More


“A Greater, Broader Sense of Humanity and World Fellowship”: Black Worldly Citizenship from Douglass to Malcolm X

Nick Bromell

in The Time is Always Now: Black Political Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199973439
eISBN:
9780199367771
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973439.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter brings together the stories of the travels of Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, and Malcolm X in an attempt to explore what their perspectives might portend for political theory ... More


Virtual Modernism: Writing and Technology in the Progressive Era

Katherine Biers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816667543
eISBN:
9781452946542
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816667543.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book offers a fresh view of the emergence of American literary modernism from the eruption of popular culture in the early twentieth century. Employing dynamic readings of the works of Stephen ... More


I’ll Make Me a World: Black Formalism at the Nadir

Imani Perry

in May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469638607
eISBN:
9781469638621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638607.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes the personal history of the author and composer of Lift Every Voice and Sing: James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson. It situates the composition of the song in the ... More


On Being African: Paul Robeson and the Ends of Nationalist Theory and Practice

Sterling Stuckey

in Slave Culture: Nationalist Theory and the Foundations of Black America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199931675
eISBN:
9780199356027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931675.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century, Cultural History

Paul Robeson won Phi Beta Kappa honors and oratorical and debating prizes and was named All-American in football and class valedictorian at Rutgers. By then, he had found, among southern blacks, main ... More


Poetry and Prayer

Jahan Ramazani

in Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226083735
eISBN:
9780226083421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226083421.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Whether atheist, agnostic, or of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or other heritage, poets frequently both mimic and interrogate prayer. From Gerard Manley Hopkins, T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, and ... More


Contextualizing Race and Gender in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Naomi André

in Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041921
eISBN:
9780252050619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041921.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter addresses Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess story as it was told in 1935 awash in minstrel characterizations and then adapted in 2011 on Broadway to rethink how the depth inherent in the ... More


“A Race That Could Be So Dealt With”: Terror, Time, and (Black) Power

Darieck Scott

in Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814740941
eISBN:
9780814786543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814740941.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter links the terms derived from what is essentially a literary reading of Fanon's mid-20th-century theoretical and activist texts to an attempt to derive theory from a literary scene of ... More


The Roving Dictator of the Lincoln Belt

Darius J. Young

in Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813056272
eISBN:
9780813058061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056272.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter begins by discussing the 1917 lynching of Ell Persons and the subsequent reaction of the black community to this extra-legal violence. In the aftermath of the lynching Church and his ... More


The “Sex Factor” and Twenty-First-Century Stagings of Miscegenation

Diana Rebekkah Paulin

in Imperfect Unions: Staging Miscegenation in U.S. Drama and Fiction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816670987
eISBN:
9781452947204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816670987.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter discusses the issue of interracial unions and suggests that the simultaneous threat and possibility the idea poses remain central to explorations of race in America in the twenty-first ... More


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