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By Cherene Sherrard-Johnson

A significant other to the Harlem Renaissance provides a entire choice of unique essays that tackle the literature and tradition of the Harlem Renaissance from the top of worldwide conflict I to the center of the 1930s.

  • Represents the main complete assurance of subject matters and special new views at the Harlem Renaissance available
  • Features unique contributions from either rising students of the Harlem Renaissance and verified educational “stars” within the field
  • Offers a number of interdisciplinary good points, akin to the part on visible and expressive arts, that emphasize the collaborative nature of the era
  • Includes “Spotlight Readings” that includes lesser recognized figures of the Harlem Renaissance and newly came upon or undervalued writings through canonical figures       

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By century’s end, the heart of artistic black bohemia was the Marshall Hotel, home to the Johnson brothers. Antedating the Harlem Renaissance’s famous venues, it was much more than a hotel. As “New York’s center for Negro artists,” it was the premier social gathering place for talented musicians and singers residing in or visiting the city and gradually eclipsed all the other clubs in popularity. Among its patrons were: the Johnsons’ collaborator Bob Cole; the vaudeville team of Bert Williams and George Walker; Walker’s wife, singer Aida Overton; black minstrel Ernest Hogan; poet Paul Laurence Dunbar; composers Will Marion Cook and Harry Burleigh, who had both studied at New York’s Conservatory of Music when Antonín Dvořák taught there; and of course the inevitable white hangers‐on.

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A Deep Genealogy of Black Culture in Nineteenth‐Century New York City Carla L. Peterson Harlem Renaissance. Two words that hang in the air, begging for more… Renaissance. The word signifies rebirth. But of what? Harlem. Which Harlem? Since its founding by the Dutch in 1637, Harlem has existed in many incarnations. From Dutch possession, it was taken over by the British in 1664 and became American at the time of Independence; then transformed from a prosperous agricultural village in the seventeenth century to a site of Irish squatters in the mid nineteenth; annexed to New York City in 1877; and finally emerged as a site of black political and cultural activity around 1910.

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