In this Book

Escape from New York
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In the midst of vast cultural and political shifts in the early twentieth century, politicians and cultural observers variously hailed and decried the rise of the “New Negro.” This phenomenon was most clearly manifest in the United States through the outpouring of Black arts and letters and social commentary known as the Harlem Renaissance. What is less known is how far afield of Harlem that renaissance flourished—how much the New Negro movement was actually just one part of a collective explosion of political protest, cultural expression, and intellectual debate all over the world.

In this volume, the Harlem Renaissance “escapes from New York” into its proper global context. These essays recover the broader New Negro experience as social movements, popular cultures, and public behavior spanned the globe from New York to New Orleans, from Paris to the Philippines and beyond. Escape from New York does not so much map the many sites of this early twentieth-century Black internationalism as it draws attention to how New Negroes and their global allies already lived. Resituating the Harlem Renaissance, the book stresses the need for scholarship to catch up with the historical reality of the New Negro experience. This more comprehensive vision serves as a lens through which to better understand capitalist developments, imperial expansions, and the formation of brave new worlds in the early twentieth century.

Contributors: Anastasia Curwood, Vanderbilt U; Frank A. Guridy, U of Texas at Austin; Claudrena Harold, U of Virginia; Jeannette Eileen Jones, U of Nebraska–Lincoln; Andrew W. Kahrl, Marquette U; Shannon King, College of Wooster; Charlie Lester; Thabiti Lewis, Washington State U, Vancouver; Treva Lindsey, U of Missouri–Columbia; David Luis-Brown, Claremont Graduate U; Emily Lutenski, Saint Louis U; Mark Anthony Neal, Duke U; Yuichiro Onishi, U of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Theresa Runstedtler, U at Buffalo (SUNY); T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Vanderbilt U; Michelle Stephens, Rutgers U, New Brunswick; Jennifer M. Wilks, U of Texas at Austin; Chad Williams, Brandeis U.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: New Negroes Forging a New World
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. I. THE DIASPORIC OUTLOOK
  2. pp. 29-30
  1. 1. “Brightest Africa” in the New Negro Imagination
  2. pp. 31-52
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  1. 2. Cuban Negrismo, Mexican Indigenismo: Contesting Neocolonialism in the New Negro Movement
  2. pp. 53-76
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  1. 3. An International African Opinion: Amy Ashwood Garvey and C. L. R. James in Black Radical London
  2. pp. 77-102
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  1. II. NEW (NEGRO) FRONTIERS
  2. pp. 103-104
  1. 4. The New Negro’s Brown Brother: Black American and Filipino Boxers and the “Rising Tide of Color”
  2. pp. 105-126
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  1. 5. The New Negro of the Pacific: How African Americans Forged Solidarity with Japan
  2. pp. 127-156
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  1. 6. “A Small Man in Big Spaces”: The New Negro, the Mestizo, and Jean Toomer’s Southwest
  2. pp. 157-180
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  1. III. THE GARVEY MOVEMENT
  2. pp. 181-182
  1. 7. Making New Negroes in Cuba: Garveyism as a Transcultural Movement
  2. pp. 183-204
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  1. 8. Reconfiguring the Roots and Routes of New Negro Activism: The Garvey Movement in New Orleans
  2. pp. 205-224
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  1. IV. ENGENDERING THE EXPERIENCE
  2. pp. 225-226
  1. 9. Black Modernist Women at the Parisian Crossroads
  2. pp. 227-246
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  1. 10. A Mobilized Diaspora: The First World War and Black Soldiers as New Negroes
  2. pp. 247-270
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  1. 11. Climbing the Hilltop: In Search of a New Negro Womanhood at Howard University
  2. pp. 271-290
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  1. 12. New Negro Marriages and the Everyday Challenges of Upward Mobility
  2. pp. 291-310
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  1. V. CONSUMER CULTURE
  2. pp. 311-312
  1. 13. “You Just Can’t Keep the Music Unless You Move with It”: The Great Migration and the Black Cultural Politics of Jazz in New Orleans and Chicago
  2. pp. 313-334
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  1. 14. New Negroes at the Beach: At Work and Play outside the Black Metropolis
  2. pp. 335-358
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  1. VI. HOME TO HARLEM
  2. pp. 359-360
  1. 15. “Home to Harlem” Again: Claude McKay and the Masculine Imaginary of Black Community
  2. pp. 361-380
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  1. 16. Not Just a World Problem: Segregation, Police Brutality, and New Negro Politics in New York City
  2. pp. 381-399
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  1. VII. SPEAKEASY: REFLECTING ON THE NEW NEW NEGRO STUDIES
  2. pp. 400-401
  1. 17. The Conjunctural Field of New Negro Studies
  2. pp. 401-414
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  1. 18. Underground to Harlem: Rumblings and Clickety-Clacks of Diaspora
  2. pp. 415-420
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  1. 19. The Gendering of Place in the Great Escape
  2. pp. 421-428
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 429-430
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 431-434
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 435-442
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