Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era

Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era


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The Harlem Renaissance is considered one of the most significant periods of creative and intellectual expression for African Americans. Beginning as early as 1914 and lasting into the 1940s, this era saw individuals reject the stereotypes of African Americans and confront the racist, social, political, and economic ideas that denied them citizenship and access to the American Dream. While the majority of recognized literary and artistic contributors to this period were black males, African American women were also key contributors.

Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era profiles the most important figures of this cultural and intellectual movement. Highlighting the accomplishments of black women who sought to create positive change after the end of WWI, this reference work includes representatives not only from the literary scene but also:

·Political leaders

By acknowledging the women who played vital—if not always recognized—roles in this movement, this book shows how their participation helped set the stage for the continued transformation of the black community well into the 1960s.

To fully realize the breadth of these contributions, editors Lean’tin L. Bracks and Jessie Carney Smith have assembled profiles written by a number of accomplished academics and historians from across the country. As such, Black Women of the Harlem Renaissance Era will be of interest to scholars of women’s studies, African American studies, and cultural history, as well as students and anyone wishing to learn more about the women of this important era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810895027
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/24/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 1,211,048
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lean’tin L. Bracks is professor of English and African American literature at Fisk University in Nashville Tennessee. She is the author of Writings on Black Women of the Diaspora: History Language and Identity (1997) and African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence (2013).

Jessie Carney Smith is dean of the library and William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author or editor of several notable books including Black Firsts: 4000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events (3rd ed., 2013) and The Handy African American History Answer Book (2014).

Table of Contents

Harlem Renaissance Era 1919-1940
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