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Harlem Renaissance

Internet Sites

Brief Guide to the Harlem Renaissance
The Academy of American Poets website offers a variety of biographies and essays on the poets and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance.
Harlem 1900-1940: an African American Community
An online exhibit from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the "Timeline" and "Exhibition" portions of this site are detailed, visually interesting, and useful. You can browse this site by date or by one of the following subject categories: activism; arts; business; community; and sports.
PBS: Cora Unashamed
Focuses primarily on the life of Langston Hughes and the PBS adaptation of his novel Cora Unashamed, as well as the history surrounding the Harlem Renaissance.
Perspectives in American Literature: Harlem Renaissance
Characterized by excellent biographical and bibliographic information on many of the Harlem Renaissance's foremost personalities, the detailed chronology and "important features" sections of this site also provide a solid overview of the social and political issues dominating the period. The site also boasts a hypermedia edition of the March 1925 <I>Survey Graphic</I>, one of the first and most important attempts to formulate a political and cultural representation of the "New Negro."
Rhapsodies in Black
Presents an online exhibition of the art of the Harlem Renaissance.

Books

Black Music in the Harlem Renaissance

Black Music in the Harlem Renaissance  : A Collection of Essays
   
Floyd, Samuel

Includes essays by Alain Locke about music of the Harlem Renaissance as well as information about vocal concert music, music of Robert Dett, major African American composers, theatre music, and Duke Ellington. Also with an overview of Harlem Renaissance music.
Call Number: ML3356.8 N5 B6 1990
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Harlem Renaissance

Harlem Renaissance 
   
McConnell, William S., ed

Includes both contemporary and current essays on literary aspects of the Harlem Renaissance. Provides context and scope and serves as a good source from which to gain perspective and understanding of the literature that blossomed in this period.
Call Number: E185.6 .H26 2003
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Rhapsodies in Black

Rhapsodies in Black  : Art of the Harlem Renaissance
   
David, Bailey

A photographic resource featuring theatre, entertainment, visual art, and a chronology of art movements during the Harlem Renaissance.
Call Number: N6538 .N5 R56 1997
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The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance 
   
Chambers, Veronica

By weaving together accounts of the leading artists, writers, musicians, and intellectuals, this in-depth history discusses how Harlem became the center of a great 1920's black cultural revolution that enriched the nation.
Call Number: NX512.3 .A35 C48 1998
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The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance 
   
Haskins, Jim

Contemporary photos and prints, along with literary quotes enhance this history and collective biography of an era whose influence extends beyond ethnic, chronological, or geographical boundries.
Call Number: NX512.3 .A35 H38 1996 q
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The Harlem Renaissance Re-Examined

The Harlem Renaissance Re-Examined 
   
Kramer, Victor

Offers a historical overview and examines the social currents and prominent social figures of the Harlem Renaissance.
Call Number: PS153 .N5 H265 1997
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The Harlem Renaissance Remembered

The Harlem Renaissance Remembered 
   
Bontemps, Arna

Summaries of the lives and works of famous Harlem Renaissance authors like Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, etc.
Call Number: PS153 .N5 B63
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The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader

The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader 
   
Lewis, David

A large collection of essays, memoirs, poetry, and fiction of the Harlem Renaissance.
Call Number: PS153 .N5 B63 1994
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When Harlem was in Vogue

When Harlem was in Vogue 
   
Lewis, David

Socio-historical study that recaptures the verve and magic of those dazzling years: the poets, novelists, intellectuals, mansions and dives, the decadence and glamor that energized the Jazz Age.
Call Number: NX511 .N4 L48
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Databases

African American Biographical Database

The African American Biographical Database (AABD) brings together in one resource the biographies of thousands of African Americans, many not to be found in any other reference source. These biographical sketches have been carefully assembled from biographical dictionaries and other sources.

This extraordinary collection contains extended narratives of African American activists, business people, former slaves, performing artists, educators, lawyers, physicians, writers, church leaders, homemakers, religious workers, government workers, athletes, farmers, scientists, factory workers, and more--both the famous and the everyday person. Their stories are pivotal to an understanding of the Black American experience over the last two centuries.

African American Poetry, Twentieth Century
A database of modern and contemporary African-American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. Features 10,000 poems by around 70 of the most important African-American poets of the last century.
African-American History and Culture
This electronic encyclopedia includes thousand of entries covering the entire breadth of African-American history - from African beginnings through the slave trade and the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Entries are organized into five sections: Biographies, Encyclopedia, Historical Documents, Gallery and Maps and Charts. Each entry is cross-referenced through hyperlinks and searchable by topic, by historical era, and by keyword.
Literature Resource Center
The Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. Contained are Gale's most used literary databases, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography; over 30 full text periodical articles, and several of Gale's literature-related print sources, as well as the Scribner Writer Series and the Twayne Author series. These sources are combined into a single Internet searchable service, covering more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers; with in-depth coverage of 2,000 of the most studied authors.

maintained by the staff of the African American Department, State Library Resource Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library

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