Afro-Americans in New York Life and History

A scholarly journal that presents original research on the life and history of African Americans in New York State. Issues such as race relations and racial attitudes are addressed. Includes reviews of books in the subject area. For students and academici

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, January

Art as Propaganda: Didacticism and Lived Experience
"Thus all art is propaganda and ever must be, despite the wailing of the purists ... I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda"--Du Bois' Criteria of Negro Art. (1) "What was about to break was not the...
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Hoffer, Peter Charles. the Great New York Conspiracy of 1741: Slavery, Crime and Colonial Law
Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2003. Bibliography, index. Pp. vii, 190. $14.95 (paper), $29.95 (cloth).In the early eighteenth century, slaves organized two major conspiracies in New York City. The first began in April 1712, when roughly...
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Persona Non-Grata: Judge Jane Matilda Bolin and the NAACP, 1930-1950
Black women have always boasted a strong presence in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). They have served overwhelmingly as fundraisers and proselytizers tying the organization to the Black community and creating...
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Persona Non-Grata: Judge Jane Matilda Bolin and the NAACP, 1930-1950
Black women have always boasted a strong presence in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). They have served overwhelmingly as fundraisers and proselytizers tying the organization to the Black community and creating a...
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Philip Rose: A Broadway Journey against Racism
When Philip Rose set out in 1958 to produce A Raisin in the Sun, many people--black and white--told him, "You Can't Do That on Broadway!" It is a victory for the theatre and for justice that those words, now the title of Mr. Rose's gripping memoir...
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The Jack Johnson V. Barney Oldfield Match Race of 1910; What It Says about Race in America
In the fall of 1910 the king of American speed, automobile racer Barney Oldfield, raced boxing's heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson in a automobile race at New York's Sheapshead Bay Track. Like other heavyweight champions before him, Johnson sought...
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Thomas A. Entzminger. Genealogies of African American Families in South Western New York State, 1830-1955
Aurora, CO: Thaaron Publications, 2002, 182 p.Unbeknownst to most people, including many scholars of western New York history, persons of African ancestry have played a role in the region's life and culture from the earliest days of European exploration....
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Till Mobley, Mamie and Benson, Christopher. Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America
New York: Random House, 2003.Death of Innocence, written by Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson, details the events surrounding her son-Emmett Till's, murder. The book portrays the emotional and political condition of America throughout the Civil...
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Youngblood, Shay. Black Girl in Paris
New York: Riverhead Books, 2000.Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood is a colorful literary jazz arrangement where the author's narrative improvisations transport the reader through the streets of Paris, deconstructing in their wake many fixed preconceived...
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