The Great War and the Culture of the New Negro
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"Fills a critical niche in the scholarship. Repositions African American dentity within the dialogue on cultural nationalism and incorporates a new set of issues into the criticism of African American literature." MELUS
"Whalan provides an outstanding study of the complexity of the New Negro Renaissance and argues that the "war and it's immediate aftermath saw the worst in American racial attitudes, but also offered inspiring possibilities outside the straight-jacket of American racial politics" (p. 14). Whalan's powerful and insightful study demonstrates that despite the sorrow left by unanswered expectations of the First World War, African Americans "helped shape the artistic, subjective, and political innovations that made the 1920s such an accomplished era in African American cultural life" (p. 246). This book is a must-read in exploring the complexities of the New Negro Renaissance and understanding the powerful impact of war on race in American society." Journal of American Ethnic History
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