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Beyond BlackfaceAfrican Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930$
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W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834626

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878026_brundage

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At the Feet of Dessalines

At the Feet of Dessalines

Performing Haiti's Revolution during the New Negro Renaissance

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(p.259) At the Feet of Dessalines
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Beyond Blackface
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Clare Corbould

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807878026_brundage.17

This chapter focuses on Black Americans and how they expended a remarkable amount of energy describing the history, culture, and current conditions of people in the nearby republic of Haiti. Their efforts went beyond nonfiction, with a diverse bunch of cultural producers turning their hands to the task, including librettists, composers, visual artists, filmmakers, photographers, and writers of short stories, poetry, novels, and plays. Such products were part of a cultural-political movement, known as the New Negro Renaissance, characterized by an intense scrutiny of all issues relating to black identity. Culture produced during the era challenged mainstream and dominant accounts of history, which claimed for the United States a unique position as the most progressive of nation-states, the founder of modern democracy, the place where the ideals formulated in ancient Greece finally came to fruition.

Keywords:   Black Americans, republic of Haiti, cultural-political movement, New Negro Renaissance, black identity

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