Steven Watson, the Harlem Renaissance; Hub of African-American Culture, 1920-1930

By Fordham, Pamela | Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, January 31, 1997 | Go to article overview

Steven Watson, the Harlem Renaissance; Hub of African-American Culture, 1920-1930


Fordham, Pamela, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History


Steven Watson, The Harlem Renaissance; Hub of African-American Culture, 1920-1930

The decade of the Harlem Renaissance marked an exuberant period in American History. Significant developments in Harlem during this decade can be measured by the tremendous amount of literature that was produced, as well as the many noteworthy musicians and artists that emerged as pioneers in the related arts. Studies of this time period provide an enlightening view of the early 1900s in America. While information about many of the key contributors and events can be found in anthologies, few offer a view of the Harlem Renaissance in its contextual entirety. The Harlem Renaissance; Hub of African American Culture, 1920-1930, by Steven Watson provides an informative survey of that era. His exploration of the decade that marked a pivotal point in African-American history and culture would be particularly useful for high school students. In addition to its survey of literary works of the period, the book provides authentic illustrations of people, places, and events, such as reproductions of posters, newspaper clippings, and similar graphics. This integrated study would undoubtedly arouse student interest in the time period, as well as the developments leading up to and resulting from the Harlem Renaissance.

One aspect of Watson's book that would be of use in the high school classroom is the placement of literary references throughout the pages. Most of the over two hundred pages, include quotes, slang, poems, song lyrics, slogans, and other such information that add to one's understanding of the flavor of the period. Students would gain a better appreciation of the time and the people involved because of Watson's careful notation of the language and his detail of contributing literary figures. Each page is framed with some particular that ranges from dance exhortations such as, "Jook it, papa! Jook!" to quotes from people of the period, including writers, critics, and observers. Students would be exposed to more than just the historical facts, but would receive veritable examples of specific aspects of many of the things that characterized the period. Quotes from news publications such as Time magazine, New York News, New York Herald Tribune, and the Daily News provide a larger context for the Harlem Renaissance. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Steven Watson, the Harlem Renaissance; Hub of African-American Culture, 1920-1930
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.