Chapter 3. The Status of African Americans 1900–1950

  1. John T. Matthews Professor
  1. Matthew Pratt Guterl Associate Professor

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch3

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

How to Cite

Guterl, M. P. (2009) The Status of African Americans 1900–1950, in A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950 (ed J. T. Matthews), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, USA

Author Information

  1. Indiana University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 3 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631206873

Online ISBN: 9781444310726

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Keywords:

  • status of African Americans;
  • Gulf Stream - unusual piece for Homer;
  • mobilization of African-American community;
  • “the Negro” in American mind - “problem” or threat;
  • fear of racial contamination and corruption of republic in The Leopard's Spots;
  • National Urban League (NUL) - “uplift” of poor migrants and better social conditions;
  • exploring political thrust of renaissance;
  • distinctiveness of black culture - result of racism and oppression;
  • Garvey movement - deep disgust for light skin and high brows

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Nadir

  • Renaissance

  • Depression

  • Conclusion

  • References and Further Reading