Voices from the Harlem Renaissance

ISBN-10: 0195093607

ISBN-13: 9780195093605

Edition: 1994 (Reprint)

Authors: Nathan Irvin Huggins

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The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s symbolized black liberation andsophistication--the final shaking off of slavery, in the mind, spirit, andcharacter of African-Americans. It was a period when the African-American cameof age, with the clearest expression of this transformation visible in theremarkable outpouring of literature, art, and music. In these years the "NewNegro" was born, as seen in the shift of black leadership from Booker T.Washington to that of W.E.B. Du Bois, from Tuskegee to New York, and for some,even to the African nationalism of Marcus Garvey.In Voices from the Harlem Renaissance, Nathan Irvin Huggins provides more than120 selections from the political writings and arts of the period, eachdepicting the meaning of blackness and the nature of African-American art andits relation to social statement. Through these pieces, Huggins establishes thecontext in which the art of Harlem Renaissance occurred. We read the call toaction by pre-Renaissance black spokesmen, such as A. Philip Randolph and W.E.B.DuBois who--through magazines such as The Messenger ("the only radical Negromagazine"), and the NAACP's Crisis--called for a radical transformation of theAmerican economic and social order so as to make a fair world for black men andwomen. We hear the more flamboyant rhetoric of Marcus Garvey, who rejected theidea of social equality for a completely separate African social order. And wemeet Alain Locke, whose work served to redefine the "New Negro" in culturalterms, and stands as the cornerstone of the Harlem Renaissance.Huggins goes on to offer autobiographical writings, poetry, and stories ofsuch men and women as Langston Hughes, Nancy Cunard, Helen Johnson, and ClaudeMcKay--writings that depict the impact of Harlem and New York City on those wholived there, as well as the youthfulness and exuberance of the period. Thecomplex question of identity, a very important part of the thought andexpression of the Harlem Renaissance, is addressed in work's such as JeanToomer's Bona and Paul and Zora Neale Hurston's Sweat. And Huggins goes on toattend to the voices of alienation, anger, and rage that appeared in a greatdeal of the writing to come out of the Harlem Renaissance by poets such asGeorge S. Schuyler and Gwendolyn Bennett. Also included are over twentyillustations by such artists as Aaron Douglas whose designs illuminated many ofthe works we associate with the Harlem Renaissance: the magazines Fire andHarlem; Alain Locke's The New Negro; and James Weldon Johnson's God's Trombones.The vitality of the Harlem Renaissance served as a generative force for allNew York--and the nation. Offering all those interested in the evolution ofAfrican-American consciousness and art a link to this glorious time, Voices fromthe Harlem Renaissance illuminates the African-American struggle forself-realization.
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/26/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Nathan Irvin Huggins was W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of History and Afro-American Studies and Director of the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University until his death in 1989. His books include Slave and Citizen: The Life of Frederick Douglass, Black Odyssey: The African-American Ordeal in Slavery, and Voices From the Harlem Renaissance. Arnold Rampersad is Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and is the author of The Life of Langston Hughes, among other titles.

"New Negro" Radicalism
From The Messenger: The Negro - A Menace to Radicalism
A New Crowd - A New Negro
"If We Must Die"
Defense of Negro Rioters
The New Negro - What Is He?
Africa for the Africans
Africa for the Africans
The Future as I See It
Race Pride
Harlem Renaissance: The Urban Setting
Harlem Directory from Harlem
The New Negro
from Black Manhattan
My City
Editorial from Harlem
The Caucasian Storms Harlem
from A Long Way From Home
The Topics in New York
Harlem Shadows
City Love
from The Big Sea
Esthete in Harlem
Railroad Avenue
Smoke, Lilies and Jade
Blades of Steel
Harlem Wine
Harlem Reviewed
A Negro Extravaganza
Afro-American Identity - Who Am I?
The Legacy of the Ancestral Arts
Uncle Jim
Saturday's Child
Afro-American Fragment
Luani of the Jungles
Danse Africaine
I Too Sing America
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
from Banjo
Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem
Bona and Paul
To A Dark Girl
Wedding Day
Odyssey of Big Boy
African Diary
On Being Black
Afro-American Past - History and Folk Tradition
The Negro Digs Up His Past
Song of the Son
Fifty Years (1863-1913)
Characteristics of Negro Expression
The Sermon
Uncle Monday
Sterling Brown: The New Negro Folk-Poet
Visual Arts: To Celebrate Blackness
Aaron Douglas, Sargent Johnson, Richmond Barthe, Augusta Savage, Hale Woodruff, William H. Johnson, Archibald J. Motley, Palmer Hayden
Afro-American Art: Art or Propaganda? High or Low Culture?
Preface to The Book of American Negro Poetry
O Black and Unknown Bards
The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain
The Negro-Art Hokum
Art or Propaganda
Dead Fires
To John Keats, Poet, at Springtime
For a Poet
Yet Do I Marvel
from Infants of the Spring
The Banjo Player
Conversation with James P. Johnson
Interview with Eubie Blake
Christianity: Alien Gospel or Source of Inspiration?
Go Down Death
Spirituals and Neo-Spirituals
Black Magdalens
Simon the Cyrenian Speaks
Fruit of the Flower
She of the Dancing Feet Sings
The Suppliant
A Missionary Brings a Young Native to America
Alienation, Anger, Rage
If We Must Die
The White House
The Lynching
A Black Man Talks of Reaping
Old Black Men
Remembering Nat Turner
Dream Variation
Song For a Dark Girl
Mother to Son
From the Dark Tower
A Southern Road
Our Greatest Gift to America
Reflections on the Renaissance and Art for a New Day
from The Big Sea
Harlem Runs Wild
A Negro Nation Within the Nation
Foreword, from Challenge
Dear Reader, from Challenge
Comments, from Challenge
Dear Reader, from Challenge
"Editorial" from The New Challenge
Blueprint for Negro Writing
For a Negro Magazine
Spiritual Truancy
Barrel Staves
Widow with a Moral Obligation
Always the Same
Goodbye, Christ
Long Black Song
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