From the beginnings of "Harlemania" to the beginnings of the Great Depression, this authoritative resource presents the people, places and times that defined an era and documents the launch of cultural development among African Americans in 1920s Harlem. This single volume contains almanac and biographies sections with primary source documents in sidebars throughout.
The book features 7 subject chapters and 15 biographical profiles. The chapters in Harlem Renaissance feature informative sidebars that describe Harlem slang, fashion and popular dances, as well as interesting figures such as Josephine Baker, Florence Mills and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Harlem Renaissance presents the writings of notable authors of the time and how African American literature changed from works in dialect to penetrating analyses of black culture, inspiring novels of protest and racial pride. Look for informative chapters that feature:
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"The Gale Group's UXL imprint publishes books designed primarily for student use. The fact is apparent in the book's large type; the easily understandable writing style; and the inclusion of definitions for words such as lynching, communism, and emancipation throughout the text. ... appropriate as an introductory text for middle and high school students or as a stepping stone to further research for undergraduates unfamiliar with the period."
-- ARBA (2002)
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