"This collection reveals that 1930s-50s Chicago had enough African American artists who were born, worked, or studied there—in the applied, performing, and recording arts, social sciences, and literature—to constitute a critical mass rivaling the earlier cultural exuberance of Harlem."--Choice
"The book offers highly readable essays from scholars who tell stories about the artists -- including some Harlem Renaissance ex-parts who came to Chicago -- and the conditions that contributed to a major arts movement in the city that lasted for more than two decades."--Chicago Tribune
"A lively, useful anthology of ten critical essays on Chicago's remarkable upturn in black cultural politics and political culture at midcentury."--Journal of Illinois History
"This landmark anthology, the first to comprehensively gather work on the Black Chicago Renaissance, ratifies that topic's ascendant stature within recent African American and American historical study. A tremendous achievement for its editors and contributors, and an indispensable scholarly resource for generations to come."--Adam Green, author of Selling the Race: Culture, Community, and Black Chicago, 1940–1955
About the Author
Darlene Clark Hine is Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies, professor of history, and chair of African American Studies at Northwestern University. John McCluskey Jr. is professor emeritus of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University.