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The Black cultural front : Black writers and artists of the Depression generation

Author: Brian Dolinar
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©2012.
Series: Margaret Walker Alexander series in African American studies.
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How the aftermath of the Great Depression convinced several African American writers to adopt a leftist outlook. The Black Cultural Front describes how the social and political movements that grew out of the Depression facilitated the left turn of several African American artists and writers. The Communist-led John Reed Clubs brought together black and white writers in writing collectives. The Congress of Industrial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Langston Hughes; Chester B Himes; Oliver W Harrington
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Dolinar
ISBN: 9781617032691 1617032697 9781617032707 1617032700
OCLC Number: 756837048
Description: x, 277 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The National Negro Congress and the radical roots of the black cultural front --
When a man sees red: Langston Hughes and the simple stories --
A writer of revolutionary potential: Chester Himes and black noir --
Battling fascism for years with the might of his pen: Ollie Harrington and the Bootsie cartoons --
Conclusion: Keeping the memory of survival alive.
Series Title: Margaret Walker Alexander series in African American studies.
Responsibility: Brian Dolinar.

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Describes how the social and political movements that grew out of the Depression facilitated the left turn of several African American artists and writers. The formation of a black cultural front is  Read more...

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