Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem

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Davarian L. Baldwin, Minkah Makalani
U of Minnesota Press, Sep 1, 2013 - History - 464 pages

In the midst of vast cultural and political shifts in the early twentieth century, politicians and cultural observers variously hailed and decried the rise of the “New Negro.” This phenomenon was most clearly manifest in the United States through the outpouring of Black arts and letters and social commentary known as the Harlem Renaissance. What is less known is how far afield of Harlem that renaissance flourished—how much the New Negro movement was actually just one part of a collective explosion of political protest, cultural expression, and intellectual debate all over the world.

In this volume, the Harlem Renaissance “escapes from New York” into its proper global context. These essays recover the broader New Negro experience as social movements, popular cultures, and public behavior spanned the globe from New York to New Orleans, from Paris to the Philippines and beyond. Escape from New York does not so much map the many sites of this early twentieth-century Black internationalism as it draws attention to how New Negroes and their global allies already lived. Resituating the Harlem Renaissance, the book stresses the need for scholarship to catch up with the historical reality of the New Negro experience. This more comprehensive vision serves as a lens through which to better understand capitalist developments, imperial expansions, and the formation of brave new worlds in the early twentieth century.

Contributors: Anastasia Curwood, Vanderbilt U; Frank A. Guridy, U of Texas at Austin; Claudrena Harold, U of Virginia; Jeannette Eileen Jones, U of Nebraska–Lincoln; Andrew W. Kahrl, Marquette U; Shannon King, College of Wooster; Charlie Lester; Thabiti Lewis, Washington State U, Vancouver; Treva Lindsey, U of Missouri–Columbia; David Luis-Brown, Claremont Graduate U; Emily Lutenski, Saint Louis U; Mark Anthony Neal, Duke U; Yuichiro Onishi, U of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Theresa Runstedtler, U at Buffalo (SUNY); T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Vanderbilt U; Michelle Stephens, Rutgers U, New Brunswick; Jennifer M. Wilks, U of Texas at Austin; Chad Williams, Brandeis U.

 

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Contents

Foreword
New Negroes Forging a New World
The Diasporic Outlook
Brightest Africa in the New Negro Imagination
New Negro Movement
Amy Ashwood Garvey and C L
Black American and Filipino Boxers
How African Americans Forged Solidarity
The First World War and Black Soldiers as
In Search of a New Negro Womanhood
New Negro Marriages and the Everyday Challenges of Upward
The Great
Metropolis
Home to Harlem
Segregation Police Brutality and
The Conjunctural Field of New Negro Studies

The New Negro the Mestizo and Jean
Garveyism as a Transcultural Movement
The Garvey
Black Modernist Women at the Parisian Crossroads
Rumblings and ClicketyClacks of Diaspora
The Gendering of Place in the Great Escape
Acknowledgments
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About the author (2013)

Davarian L. Baldwin is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Trinity College. He is the author of Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life.

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