The African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2011 - Social Science - 252 pages
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The period between 1880 and 1918, at the end of which Jim Crow was firmly established and the Great Migration of African Americans was well under way, was not the nadir for black culture, James Smethurst reveals, but instead a time of profound response fr
 

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Contents

New Forms and Captive Knights in the Age of Jim Crow and Mechanical Reproduction
1
Dueling Banjos African American Dualism and Strategies for Black Representation at the Turn of the Century
27
Remembering Those Noble Sons of Ham Poetry Soldiers and Citizens at the End of Reconstruction
66
The Black City The Early Jim Crow Migration Narrative and the New Territory of Race
96
Somebody Elses Civilization African American Writers Bohemia and the New Poetry
123
A Familiar and Warm Relationship Race Sexual Freedom and US Literary Modernism
155
Our Beautiful White
188
Notes
217
Bibliography
231
Index
247
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James Edward Smethurst is associate professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is author of "The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946" and coeditor of "Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism, and Twentieth-Century Literature of the United States".

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