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The Great War and the Culture of the New Negro

Whalan, Mark

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ISBN 10: 0813032067 / ISBN 13: 9780813032061
Published by University Press of Florida, 2008
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Title: The Great War and the Culture of the New ...

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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More than 200,000 African American soldiers fought in World War I, and returning troops frequently spoke of "color-blind" France. Such cosmopolitan experiences, along with the brutal, often desegregated no-man's-land between the trenches, forced African American artists and writers to reexamine their relationship to mainstream (white) American culture. The war represented a seminal moment for African Americans, and in the 1920s and 1930s it became a touchstone for such diverse cultural concerns as the pan-African impulse, the burgeoning civil rights movement, and the redefinition of black masculinity. In examining the legacy of the Great War on African American culture, Mark Whalan considers the work of such canonical writers as W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, and Alain Locke. In addition, he considers the legacy of the war for African Americans as represented in film, photography, and anthropology, with a particular focus on the photographer James VanDerZee.

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"An original and insightful look at how African Americans remembered the Great War. The outpouring of novels, plays, political treatises, photographs, and proposed memorials reveals how strongly the war shaped literature, art, and politics in the postwar African American community."--Jennifer Keene, Chapman University "A highly impressive study that will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the impact of World War I on the New Negro Renaissance."--Anthony Dawahare, California State University, Northridge More than 200,000 African American soldiers fought in World War I, and returning troops frequently spoke of "color-blind" France. Such cosmopolitan experiences, along with the brutal, often desegregated no-man's-land between the trenches, forced African American artists and writers to reexamine their relationship to mainstream (white) American culture. The war represented a seminal moment for African Americans, and in the 1920s and 1930s it became a touchstone for such diverse cultural concerns as the pan-African impulse, the burgeoning civil rights movement, and the redefinition of black masculinity. In examining the legacy of the Great War on African American culture, Mark Whalan considers the work of such canonical writers as W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, and Alain Locke. In addition, he considers the legacy of the war for African Americans as represented in film, photography, and anthropology, with a particular focus on the photographer James VanDerZee.

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