Crisis of the Negro Intellectual A Historical Analysis of the Failure of Black Leadership

ISBN-10: 1590171357

ISBN-13: 9781590171356

Edition: 2005

Authors: Harold Cruse, Stanley Crouch

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First published in 1967 in the wake of race riots and integration fears, The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual is an indispensable history and urgent critique of the black left from the Harlem Renaissance through the black arts movement. Memorably portraying prominent figures such as Paul Robeson, Lorraine Hansberry, and James Baldwin, Harold Cruse tells of African American artists yoked to rigid doctrines that doom them to political and artistic failure. He then sweeps out from Harlem cultural institutions to broader issues - mass media and communism, black-Jewish relations, the revolutionary use of force - while searching out an authentic black culture based in political self-consciousness and economic independence.
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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 6/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 616
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Stanley Crouch is a contributing editor toThe New Republic,a Sunday columnist for the New YorkDaily News,and a frequent panelist onThe Charlie Rose Show.He is the author ofThe All-American Skin Game(which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award) andNotes of a Hanging Judge.For years a jazz critic and staff writer for theVillage Voice,he is Artistic Consultant to Jazz at Lincoln Center. He lives in New York City. From the Hardcover edition.

Individualism and the "open society"
Harlem background - the rise of economic nationalism and origins of cultural revolution
Mass media and cultural democracy
Cultural leadership and cultural democracy
1920's-1930's - West Indian influence
Jews and Negroes in the Communist Party
The National Negro Congress
Richard Wright
Artists for Freedom Inc. - dialogue off-key
Origins of the dialogue
Freedom newspaper
From Freedom to Freedomways
Richard B. Moore
Lorraine Hansberry
Paul Robeson
Freedomways, summer 1963 : black economy - self-made myth
Freedomways, summer 1963 : capitalism revisited
Freedomways, summer 1963 : nationalism made respectable
The intellectuals and force and violence
From Monroe to Watts
From southern activism to northern impasse
Ideology in black : African, Afro-American, Afro-West Indian and the nationalist mood
Role of the Negro intellectual - survey of the dialogue deferred
Negroes and Jews - the two nationalisms and the bloc(ked) plurality
Negro writers' conferences - the dialogue distorted
Intellectuals and the theater of the 1960's - as medium and dialogue
The Harlem Black Arts Theater - new dialogue with the lost black generation
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