The Black New Yorkers: The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology

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The Black New Yorkers The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology Experience 400 years of African American culture and achievement in America’s greatest city "The Black New Yorkers will no doubt prove to be a document for the ages: a timely, highly informative record of the significant and multifaceted enrichment provided by our forebears and contemporaries to the evolution of one of the world’s greatest cities." —Jessye Norman "This fascinating book says to the world that New York has been made great by the ...
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The Black New Yorkers The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology Experience 400 years of African American culture and achievement in America’s greatest city "The Black New Yorkers will no doubt prove to be a document for the ages: a timely, highly informative record of the significant and multifaceted enrichment provided by our forebears and contemporaries to the evolution of one of the world’s greatest cities." —Jessye Norman "This fascinating book says to the world that New York has been made great by the achievements of many people, including the black New Yorkers who have struggled here, who succeeded here, and who continue to work to make this city great." —H. Carl McCall "The Black New Yorkers: The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology is a book for all New Yorkers and for all Americans. It chronicles our story—the lives and times of people who for nearly four centuries have been creating a presence and a voice for themselves in the city, the nation, and the world." —Maya Angelou from her Foreword Featuring more than 200 striking photographs, rare documents, and vintage illustrations from the Schomburg’s world-famous collection, and packed with thousands of fascinating details, The Black New Yorkers offers an unparalleled view of African American life. Afterword by David Dinkins
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"New York...just like ah pictured it...skyscrapers and everythang," marveled Stevie Wonder in his song "Living for the City." The Great Migration was a 30-year-long mass migration from the predominantly rural, segregated South to the West and to the industrial North. That black tide swelled urban populations to the hundreds of thousands, bringing down-home living up North. And so began another chapter in the saga of The Black New Yorkers.

The Black New Yorkers, compiled and edited by the staff of the Schomburg Center, is the posthumous culmination of work begun 30 years ago by librarian/activist Regina M. Andrews. The book is dedicated to her vision and "commitment to telling the world about the unique and extraordinary role of black New Yorkers in the making of America's greatest city." What follows is a rich historical and pictorial chronicle of African-American advances, struggles, and successes. The text is arranged chronologically, beginning with "Blacks in Colonial New York: 1613-1783" and ending with "Mobilizing Black Power for the New Millennium: 1965-1999." Each chapter opens with an informative essay that places the instructive historical timelines within a social context.

The introduction raises interesting (and wholly debatable) questions, especially around the issue of diverse influences, and the editors tread on some tender ground. There is no doubt, for instance, that the Latino language has been Anglicized by American acculturation (hence "Spanglish"), but to claim that Afro-Latinos "have added a black flavor to the Spanish they speak" may be a bit of a cultural stretch. To the English Latinos speak, yes. However, Blackspeak has yet to find its way into the Spanish colloquial vocabulary. In New York, cultural pride is still a touchy subject. (Friendly) debate notwithstanding, The Black New Yorkers is a well-documented, pride-swelling testimony to the creative, resilient, and irrepressible spirit of African New York.

The closing section of brief, well-written bibliographies—The New York Black 100—is a who's who of path-breakers, pundits, and cultural prophets who have spoken for black America. The Schomburg continues to meet its mission.

Max Rodriguez

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These two volumes, both sponsored by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, concentrate on the black experience in America. In Black New Yorkers, Dodson, director of the Schomburg, and his coauthors trace the history of blacks in New York from 1613 to 1998, detailing the various voices, religions, and cultures that existed, then and now. The Desk Reference offers valuable information on topics such as civil rights, business, religion, and health, presenting it with charts, tables, time lines, and numerous other visual aids. (LJ 9/15/99) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471297147
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.81 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.68 (d)

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The SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE of THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY is one of the world’s foremost research facilities devoted to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of materials documenting black life. From its founding in 1926 during the Harlem Renaissance, the Center has amassed holdings in excess of five million items.
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Table of Contents

Blacks in Colonial New York: 1613-1783.

From the Age of Revolution to the Civil War: 1784-1864.

The Making of the New Negro: 1865-1916.

War, Renaissance, and Depression: 1917-1934.

World War II and the Struggle for Civil Rights: 1935-1964.

Mobilizing Black Power for the New Millennium: 1965-1999.

Afterword by David Dinkins.

Selected Biographies.

Selected Bibliography.

Acknowledgments.

Credits.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2000

    A Superb History Book

    As a New Yorker devoutly in love with the history of my city and voracious reader of New York history, I have always wondered about the role of African Americans in the city's history. It's wonderful that the two newest books about New York's history, 'Gotham' and 'The Black New Yorkers' are the most comprehensive to date.

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