Ain't But a Place: An Anthology of African American Writings about St. Louis

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Missouri History Museum, 1998 - History - 515 pages
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Gerald Early writes in the introduction to "Ain't But a Place": An Anthology of African American Writings about St. Louis, "An impressive amount of artistic energy is generated in St. Louis, and the source of a good deal of that energy is its African American citizenry." Although the majority of writers and entertainers left St. Louis "to engage their muse and quarrel with American culture from another location," the experience gained from the St. Louis region has remained prominent in the expressions. "Ain't But a Place" captures voices that comprise the African American experience in St. Louis over the past two hundred years. This rich collection spans a variety of genres to include the words of such notables as freed slaves and abolitionists William Wells Brown and Lucy Delaney, sports greats Bob Gibson, Henry Armstrong, and Jackie Joyner Kersee; entertainers Dick Gregory, Miles Davis, Chuck Berry, and Tina Turner; and writers Eddy Harris, Ntozake Shange, Quincy Troupe, and Eugene Redmond.

"Ain't But a Place" makes ideal reading for the student of African American culture, as well as anyone interested in the formative experiences of some of this regions most influential individuals.

 

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Contents

William Wells Brown
5
Elizabeth Keckley
27
Lucy Delaney
34
James Thomas
47
Charles Gabriel Anderson
55
Roy Wilkins
64
Henry Armstrong
70
Archie Moore
81
Herman Dreer
307
Vaughn
319
William H Sinkler
328
Nathan B Young
337
Langston Hughes
347
Ivory Perry
355
Percy Green
364
Demosthenes DuBose
381

A S Doc Young
93
Quincy Trouppe
102
Bob Gibson
134
Jackie JoynerKersee
144
Josephine Baker
152
Chuck Berry
166
Dick Gregory
184
Miles Davis
205
Tina Turner
222
Maya Angelou
228
Harris
235
Gerald Early
244
Colleen J McElroy
256
Historical and Cultural Documents Essays and Articles
265
Lester Walton
280
W E B Du Bois
294
Marcus Garvey
300
Julius Hunter
387
Nancy Grant
402
Lorraine Kee
413
Greg Freeman
419
Arna Bontemps
429
Herman Dreer
441
Herbert Simmons
452
Xam Wilson Cartier
458
Ntozake Shange
464
John Keene
473
Eugene B Redmond
481
Colleen J McElroy
494
Darlene Roy
500
Chris Hayden
506
Prelude to MajorLeague
509
Suggested Readings
515
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Gerald Early is currently the Merle King Professor of Modern Letters at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of numerous books, including The Culture of Bruising, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; most recently, he is the editor of Miles Davis and American Culture.

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