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"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

"A service to all readers interested in twentieth-century American cultural history."--Literature & History



"The Black Chicago Renaissance offers an in-depth investigation of the Renaissance and. . . . Positions itself as one of the most successful works of scholarship on this movement. . . . A must-read for American culture, African-American culture, and African-American and American history studies."--Journal of American Culture

"The Black Chicago Renaissance is an informative. . . anthology of ten essays that analyzes the city's African American cultural fluorescence from the early 1930s to the early 1950s. . . .Offers pioneering research on multiple understudied topics."--The Journal of American History

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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.
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  • Series: New Black Studies Series
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (June 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252078586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252078583
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Since the Harlem Renaissance, New York has been considered the unofficial capital of black America. However, that designation might be undeserving when one reflects upon Chicago's considerable contributions not only culturally, but socially and politically.

For example, the Windy City sent its first African-American to Congress sixteen years before the Big Apple which only elected Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in 1944. Furthermore, half of the six black U.S. Senators in history represented Illinois, and I know I don't have to tell you that President Obama hails from Chicago.

An impressive history lesson and compendium of fascinating factoids proving that the so-called Second City need not take a back seat to New York, at least when discussing the achievements of its African-American intelligentsia.

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As hard as it may be for many to accept, the Chicago Renaissance both preceded and exceeded the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance could not have produced, as examples either Richard Wright or later AfriCobra and the primary reason was that Chicago's Renaissance was formed and forwarded by persons with jobs as their livelihood independent from their cultural creativity while conversely the Harlem Renaissance is to a great and subtle extent characterized by patrons. (I should mention that I was born and raised in Harlem and longstanding held the Harlem Renaissance as primary.)
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