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New Negro, Old Left African-American Writing and Communism Between the Wars

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ISBN-10: 0231114257

ISBN-13: 9780231114257

Edition: 1999

Authors: William J. Maxwell

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Howard "Stretch" Johnson, a charismatic Harlemite who graduated from Cotton Club dancer to Communist Party youth leader, once claimed that in late 1930s New York "75% of black cultural figures had Party membership or maintained regular meaningful contact with the Party." He stretched the truth, but barely. In a broad-ranging, revisionary account of the extensive relationship between African-American literary culture and Communism in the 1920s and 1930s, William J. Maxwell uncovers both black literature's debt to Communism and Communism's debt to black literature -- reciprocal obligations first incurred during the Harlem Renaissance. Juxtaposing well-known and newly rediscovered works by…    
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 6/17/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

William J. Maxwell is associate professor of English and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of "New Negro, Old Left: African-American Writing and Communism between the Wars" and the editor of Claude McKay's "Complete Poems".

Introduction: Black and Red All Over?
Kitchen Mechanics and Parlor Nationalists: Andy Razaf, Black Bolshevism, and Harlem's Renaissance
Home to Moscow: Claude McKay's The Negroes in America and the Race of Marxist Theory
The Proletarian as New Negro; the New Negro as Proletarian: Mike Gold Meets Claude McKay
Scottsboro Delimited: White Bait, Red Triangles, and Interracialism Between Men
Black Belt/Black Folk: The End(s) of the Richard Wright-Zora Neale Hurston Debate
Native Sons Divorce: A Conclusion