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Made up of a historical narrative, biographies, and original text excerpts, this slender but essential survey offers a well-plotted explanation of the forces shaping the New Negro Movement and its ideological clash with Marcus Garvey's Zionism. Hillstrom (Multichannel Forensics) traces the movement's multigenerational legacy, demonstrating its continued relevance. Occasionally, significant figures, like Carl Van Vechten, receive brief biographical sidebars in the narrative. However, the larger biographical segment seems incomplete without essays on the lives of leading Renaissance figures like Garvey, Claude McKay, and Jean Toomer. Despite these omissions, this an insightful, highly accessible subject primer for general collections.
—Savannah Schroll Guz