Chicago's New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, & Black Urban Life

Chicago's New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, & Black Urban Life

Chicago's New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, & Black Urban Life

Chicago's New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, & Black Urban Life

Synopsis

Pushing the traditional boundaries of the Harlem Renaissance to new frontiers, Baldwin identifies a fresh model of urban culture rich with politics, ingenuity, and entrepreneurship.

Excerpt

Those who would restrict intellectual history to the educated,
the intelligentsia, the elite, would do well to look carefully at
the richness of expression, the sharpness of perception, the
uninhibited imagination, the complex imagery that
form … the mind of the black folk.

—Lawrence Levine,
Black Culture and Black Consciousness, 1977

Jack Johnson foreshadowed, and in some ways
helped to create, the “New Negro.”

—Jeffrey Sammons, Beyond the Ring, 1990

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