African American Women in Paris between the Two World Wars
Publication Year: 2015
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
List of Illustrations
Map of Bricktop’s Paris
Book I. Bricktop’s Paris
Introduction: The Other Americans, 1919–1939
“Paris put my foot on the ground,” declared Lois Mailou Jones in a 1996 interview in the New York Amsterdam News.1 For Jones, Paris represented “freedom, [t]o be shackle free . . . released . . . from all of the pressure and stagnation which we suffered in this country. . . . France gave me my stability...
1. Les Dames, Grand and Small, of Montmartre: The Paris of Bricktop
On her last night in Paris, October 26, 1939, on the eve of World War II, those were Ada Smith Ducongé’s parting words. Gazing at the hôtels particuliers, illuminated architectural marvels, and the twinkling lights of the grand...
2. The Gotham-Montparnasse Exchange
As Montmartre continued to sizzle with the influx of jazzmen and women, Montparnasse and Saint-Germain hummed along as well, initiating writers and artists of all stripes to its café culture and salons. When Jessie Fauset, doyenne of the Harlem Renaissance, arrived in...
3. Women of the Petit Boulevard: The Artist’s Haven
By the time Lois Mailou Jones and Selma Hortense Burke arrived in Paris in 1937 and 1938, respectively, the exclusive, by virtue of its size rather than snobbery, haven of creativity and connections that had developed in Paris among African American women artists was fast disappearing. Jones, who was born on November 3, 1905, was a native of Boston...
4. Black Paris: Cultural Politics and Prose
By the time Eslanda “Essie” Goode Robeson embarked on a series of interviews that would appear in the literary magazine Challenge, the revolving door to Paris for African American women had been open seventeen years. She had already walked through that door in 1925, seven years before she conducted the interviews and eleven years before they were...
5. Epilogue: “Homeward Tug at a Poet’s Heart”: The Return
In a lengthy letter to Harold Jackman, Gwennie Bennett wrote of her upcoming return to New York in the summer of 1926 as a “homeward tug at a poet’s heart.” Love was calling her homeward, but so was the desire to show what she had learned in “fairytale” Paris. Jessie Fauset had...
Book II. The Autobiography of Ada “Bricktop” Smith, or Miss Baker Regrets
Foreword: Gained in Translation?
The Lost Generation lost its black women. Tracy Sharpley-Whiting found them. She’s found the streets and neighborhoods where they lived, worked, and visited. She’s found their boat tickets and telegraphs home for money, their menus and their men, but, more importantly, she’s found...
Preface: History’s Marginalia, Autofictional Mysteries, and a Fondness for Matters French
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
It was at my grandmother’s white Formica kitchen table that I first learned about France and Josephine Baker. It was winter in St. Louis, and my paternal grandmother and great-grand were going through the morning ritual of coffee drinking and reminiscences as if they hadn’t just sat at that table the...
The Autobiography of Ada “Bricktop” Smith, or Miss Baker Regrets
My glossy red curls bounced wildly about my head as I jerked up hard at
the sound of the Frenchman’s melodic voice.
“Mon petit oiseau, my little bird.” He gestured grandly. The air kisses from his cupid’s-bow mouth blew to each side of my cheeks. He took up...
Glossary (Book II)
Notes to Book I
List of Archives and Libraries
Index to Book 1
Page Count: 398
Publication Year: 2015
OCLC Number: 903245906
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