School Library JournalGr 9 UpThe eye-catching cover makes this book one you just have to pick up, and the stimulating narrative and striking illustrations make it hard to put down. The book is handsomely designed, resulting in a look that is sleek, stylish, and sophisticated. But its appearance is not the only thing this volume has going for it. The first two chapters present an engaging introduction to the Harlem Renaissance and the evolution of Harlem as "the Negro Capital of the World." Succeeding chapters discuss the music, art, and literature that were produced by African Americans in that time and place. Notables such as Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, Ethel Waters, Langston Hughes, Bill Robinson, Aaron Douglas, and Augusta Savage are included, as well as the Cotton Club, the Federal Arts Program, the Harmon Foundation, the Great Depression, prohibition, the Urban League, and many other individuals, institutions, organizations, and events that helped shape the period known as the Harlem Renaissance. Primary-source material is abundant and set off from the rest of the text in shaded blocks of brown. The book has a comprehensive index and helpful bibliographies. Which is a good thing, because after reading this entertaining account, readers will surely be looking for more material about the creative talents introduced in this text.Marilyn Makowski, Greenwood High School, SC
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I had to d a project ojn the Harlem Renaissance, and this was the only book I ever had to use! I would suggest this book to anyone who is interseted in a short, quick, read, and don't want too many facts to hold. This book was very enjoyable, and I recommend it to anyone interested in history.