The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance

by Kevin Hillstrom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0780810279

ISBN-13: 9780780810273

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Omnigraphics, Incorporated

Throughout the course of America's existence, its people, culture, and institutions have been periodically challenged-and in many cases transformed-by profound historical events. Some of these momentous events invigorated the nation and strengthened American confidence and capabilities. Others have prompted troubled assessments and heated debates about the

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Throughout the course of America's existence, its people, culture, and institutions have been periodically challenged-and in many cases transformed-by profound historical events. Some of these momentous events invigorated the nation and strengthened American confidence and capabilities. Others have prompted troubled assessments and heated debates about the country's core beliefs and character. But all share the same basic attribute: they transformed the United States' political, cultural, and social landscape for future generations of Americans.

Omnigraphics' Defining Moments series was created for the express purpose of meeting the American people's growing appetite for authoritative, useful historical resources on their nation's history. This series, which focuses on the most pivotal events in U.S. history from the 20th century forward, will be of enduring value to anyone interested in learning more about America's past-and in understanding how these historical events continue to reverberate in the 21st century.

This Defining Moments: The Harlem Renaissance volume is-like all other works in the Defining Moments series-arranged in three distinct sections: Narrative Overview-provides a detailed, factual account of the emergence and development of the Harlem Renaissance. It explores the factors that transformed Harlem into the "capital of black America" in the 1920s, explains how civil rights activism of the early 20th century made the Renaissance possible, and discusses the myriad ways in which African-American literature, art, and music illuminated black culture and changed the course of American race relations. Biographies-provides valuable biographical background on leadingfigures involved in the movement, including the proud and fiery civil rights philosopher W.E.B. Du Bois, controversial actor and singer Paul Robeson, jazz legend Duke Ellington, and author Langston Hughes, the "poet laureate" of the Harlem Renaissance. Each biography concludes with a list of sources for further information on the profiled individual. Primary Sources-collects essential and enlightening documents from the Harlem Renaissance. This collection includes Langston Hughes's famous manifesto of artistic independence, "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain"; dancer Frankie Manning's recollections of the glamorous Savoy Ballroom; Alain Locke's influential and insightful essay "Enter the New Negro"; and a selection of poems penned by some of the Harlem Renaissance's leading literary voices. Other valuable features in Defining Moments: The Harlem Renaissance include a glossary of important people, places, and terms; a chronology of events; a complete bibliography and annotated list of sources for future study; and a subject index.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780810273
Publisher:
Omnigraphics, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
Defining Moments Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
7.51(w) x 9.39(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
How to Use This Book     xi
Narrative Overview
Prologue     3
Black America After Slavery     7
Beginnings of the Harlem Renaissance     23
Literature of the Harlem Renaissance     39
Music and Art of the Harlem Renaissance     57
The End of the Harlem Renaissance     73
The Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance     85
Biographies
Aaron Douglas (1899-1979): Painter and Illustrator of the Harlem Renaissance     97
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963): Author, Scholar, and Civil Rights Leader     103
Duke Ellington (1899-1974): Composer, Pianist, and Leader of the Duke Ellington Orchestra     110
Langston Hughes (1902-1967): Playwright, Novelist, and "Poet Laureate" of the Harlem Renaissance     115
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960): Novelist and Southern Folklorist     121
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938): Author, Journalist, Lyricist, and Diplomat Who Served as Executive Secretary of the NAACP during the Renaissance Era     127
Nella Larsen (1891-1964): Renaissance-Era Author of the Novels Quicksand and Passing     134
Alain Locke (1885-1954): Scholar, Editor, and Supporter of the Harlem Renaissance     139
Paul Robeson (1898-1976): Actor, Singer, Cultural Scholar, and Political Activist     143
Bessie Smith (1894?-1937): Singer Known as "The Empress of the Blues"     150
Primary Sources
W.E.B. DuBois Discusses Black Hopes and Dreams     157
Alain Locke Describes the Emerging Black Culture in Harlem     165
Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance     171
James Weldon Johnson Praises the People and Spirit of Harlem     177
Langston Hughes Comments on Racial Identity and Artistic Integrity     182
Frankie Manning Remembers the Savoy Ballroom     188
Dorothy West Recalls Amateur Night at Harlem's Apollo Theatre     190
Langston Hughes Remembers the Harlem Renaissance     196
Important People, Places, and Terms     201
Chronology     207
Sources for Further Study     213
Bibliography     215
Photo Credits     219
Index     221

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