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No discussion of the Harlem Renaissance is complete without poet Countee Cullen. Writing and publishing at the height of the renaissance, Cullen was a key figure in this literary movement. At the age of twenty-two, Cullen published Color, his very…

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A modern blues novel, Blues Dancing captures the emotional aesthetic of the blues. Diane McKinney-Whetstone captures the emotional toll of love and relationships through the life of Verdi Mae. In a narrative that jumps between the 1970s and the…

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Published posthumously, Langston Hughes’s final book of poems Black Misery is categorized as children’s literature. Hughes was approached by publisher Paul Eriksson in 1967 to write Black Misery, a literal blackening of children’s author Suzanne…

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The pages of Beloved are haunted. Operating through “rememory,” an erasure of linear time, and the ghost of protagonist Sethe’s daughter, slavery is ever-present, a specter in the pages. Recent scholarship has recognized the glimpses of science…

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Journalist Era Bell Thompson, a lasting influence on the Chicago Renaissance, has not been widely recognized for her autobiographical work. In 1947 Thompson was one of the first editors of Ebony magazine, working for the publication until her death…

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Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, recounts his life as a young political activist, prisoner, and central figure in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. In his autobiography, Mandela details his twenty-seven year…

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Set on a Georgia plantation in 1832 and narrated by protagonist 47, a child born into slavery, we follow 47 as he meets a runaway slave from a nearby plantation, Tall John. Alluding to folklore, Tall John mirrors the legend of High John the…
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