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Black Culture and the New DealThe Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era$
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Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833124

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899243_sklaroff

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The Editor's Dilemma

The Editor's Dilemma

(p.81) Chapter Three The Editor's Dilemma
Black Culture and the New Deal

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses a speech delivered to the National Negro Congress by renowned writer and poet Sterling Brown, in which he relayed the many obstacles facing black authors: “The Negro writer is faced by a limited audience: his own group, for various reasons, reads few books and buys less; and white America, in the main, is hardly an audience ready for truthful representation of Negro life. The Negro writer has the job revising certain stereotypes of Negro life and character, whose growth extends from the beginning of the American novel in Cooper to the latest best seller, ‘Gone With the Wind’.” While this outlook reflects Brown's own pessimism, it was shaped, at least in part, by his experience with the Federal Writers' Project's Negro Affairs.

Keywords:   National Negro Congress, Sterling Brown, black authors, Negro writer, white America, Federal Writers' Project

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