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The African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance

James Smethurst


The period between 1880 and 1918, at the end of which Jim Crow was firmly established and the Great Migration of African Americans was well under way, was not the nadir for black culture, the author of this book reveals, but instead a time of profound response from African American intellectuals. The book explores how the Jim Crow system triggered significant artistic and intellectual responses from African American writers, deeply marking the beginnings of literary modernism and, ultimately, notions of American modernity. In identifying the Jim Crow period with the coming of modernity, the au ... More

Keywords: Jim Crow, Great Migration, African Americans, literary modernism, American modernity, Harlem Renaissance, black arts movement, migration narratives, black experience, black performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834633
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807878088_smethurst


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Smethurst, author