Popular Fronts: Chicago and African-American Cultural Politics, 1935-46

University of Illinois Press, 1999 - 242 páginas
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In a stunning revision of radical politics during the Popular Front period, Bill Mullen redefines the cultural renaissance of the 1930s and early 1940s as the fruit of an extraordinary rapprochement between African-American and white members of the U.S. Left struggling to create a new American Negro culture. A dynamic reappraisal of a critical moment in American cultural history, Popular Fronts includes a major reassessment of the politics of Richard Wright's critical reputation, a provocative reading of class struggle in Gwendolyn Brooks's A Street in Bronzeville, and in-depth examinations of the institutions that comprised Chicago's black popular front: The Chicago Defender, the period's leading black newspaper; Negro Story, the first magazine devoted to publishing short stories by and about black Americans; and the WPA-sponsored South Side Community Art Center.

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Chicago and the Politics of Reputation Richard Wrights Long Black Shadow
Turning White Space into Black Space The Chicago Defender and the Creation of the Cultural Front
Artists in Uniform The South Side Community Art Center and the Defense of Culture
WorkerWriters in Bronzeville Negro Story and the AfricanAmerican Little Magazine
Genre PoliticsCultural Politics The Short Story and the New Black Fiction Market
Engendering the Cultural Front Gwendolyn Brooks Black Women and Class Struggle in Poetry
American Daughters Fifth Columns and Lonely Crusades Purge Emigration and Exile in Chicago
Postscript Bronzeville Today
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