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The Harlem Renaissance: A Brief History With Documents 1st Edition

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About the Author

JEFFREY B. FERGUSON (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Assistant Professor of Black Studies and American Studies at Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he teaches a course in the Harlem Renaissance. He is the author of The Sage of Sugar Hill: George S. Schuyler, Satire, and the Harlem Renaissance (2005). His 1998 dissertation on the African American journalist George S. Schuyler was awarded the Helen Choate Bell Prize. He has been a fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 1st edition (December 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312410751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312410759
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While the selection of documents is solid, the introduction is full of mistakes. Grimke's Rachel was not "the first play in the United States to feature an all-black cast"--there were plenty of nineteenth-century plays with all-black casts, especially those of the Hyers sisters. The music for Shuffle Along was written by Eubie Blake, not Hubie Blake. Ferguson lists among the attendees at the famous Civic Club dinner in New York on March 21, 1924, Langston Hughes, who "read from [his] poetry," and who was actually in Paris, and Zora Neale Hurston, who was in Washington (neither of them attended). He writes that Hurston saw "black folk culture as a product of invention and art rather than of instincts and proclivities," but the opposite is true--see her famous essay "Characteristics of Negro Expression." It's astonishing that a man who teaches a course in the Harlem Renaissance at Amherst College can be so careless about its history.
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If you thought the Roaring Twenties were just about dancing white people, think again. This book gives us a vision into the African-
American culture in Harlem that seems has often been neglected in studies of the time period. The book was definitely an eye-opener for me and I was glad to better understand the lives of those different from myself from a very detailed and careful analysis of the Harlem Renaissance. The contrast of the African-American culture in the * cities * compared to that same culture in * rural * areas is stark. But you won't see just how different lives in distinctly different areas of the country can be until you read this book. Excellent!
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This introductory text includes a comprehensive (albeit dense) introduction, a concise timeline, and excerpts from many seminal documents. Bravo, Ferguson.
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Perfect for my college class.
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