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Black Manhattan Paperback – March 21, 1991
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Black Manhattan, written in 1930 by James Weldon Johnson, gives a broader perspective of the Harlem Renaisance as it documents the long, painful trek of the negro artist from the reconstruction era up through the post WWI era. As negroes migrated from the south to New York City in the early 1900's, they found a place where they could finally express their culture without fear of racist backlash. They found Harlem.
Sadly, this plymouth rock for negroes had its hostile natives and unprovoked attacks as written about in chapter 12 with the Manhatten riot of 1900. This last of four major race riots on the island, where even police brutally assaulted defenseless negroes, was what drove the dark-skinned pilgrims northward toward Harlem.
The book actually goes back to the times of the Dutch settlement, New Amsterdam, where there were known to be eleven negro men living on the island. Interesting that the book should also include four of their names: Paul d'Angola, Simon Congo, Anthony Portuguese and John Francisco.
A book worth its weight in history. Where else would you learn of a negro public school teacher performing a similar civil disobedience act in New York City as Rosa Parks did in Selma, Alabama, only 100 years earlier? A lawyer and future President, Chester A. Arthur would help win the case for her, doing away with the street car bearing the sign "Colored People Allowed in This Car," that ran along its side.