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Becoming African Americans : Black public life in Harlem, 1919-1939  Cover Image E-book E-book

Becoming African Americans : Black public life in Harlem, 1919-1939

Corbould, Clare. (Author).

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  • OCLC: ocn648760634
  • ISBN: 0674053656
  • ISBN: 9780674053656
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 278 pages) : illustrations
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  • Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-270) and index.
Contents: Africa the motherland -- Discovering a usable African past -- Institutionalizing Africa, past and present -- The artistic capital of Africa -- Haiti, a stepping-stone to Africa -- Ethiopia ahoy! -- What's in a name?
Summary: Africa has always played a role in black identity, but it was in the tumultuous period between the two world wars that black Americans first began to embrace a modern African American identity. Throwing off the legacy of slavery and segregation, black intellectuals, activists, and organizations sought a prouder past in ancient Egypt and forged links to contemporary Africa. Their consciousness of a dual identity anticipated the hyphenated identities of new immigrants in the years after World War II, and an emerging sense of what it means to be a modern American.
Note: In English.
Subject: African Americans -- History -- 1877-1964
African Americans -- Race identity
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 20th century
African diaspora

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