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How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream 1791–1935$
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Susan Nance

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832745

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807894057_nance

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Sign of Promise: African Americans and Eastern Personae in the Great Depression

Sign of Promise: African Americans and Eastern Personae in the Great Depression

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(p.231) chapter 8 Sign of Promise: African Americans and Eastern Personae in the Great Depression
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How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream 1791–1935
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Susan Nance

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807894057_nance.12

This chapter discusses the influence of the Eastern world on African Americans during the Great Depression. It suggests that black urbanization and economic crisis inspired people to produce spiritual Easternized African American identities after 1925 because they appealed to urban blacks living with increasing economic instability in an intellectually cosmopolitan setting. That is, the new religions welcomed members who might not be able or willing to run for political office or go to university but who daily experienced life as workers and consumers.

Keywords:   African Americans, consumers, Great Depression

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