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Escape from New YorkThe New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem$
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Davarian L. Baldwin and Minkah Makalani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677382

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677382.001.0001

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New Negroes Forging a New World

New Negroes Forging a New World

(p.1) Introduction: New Negroes Forging a New World
Escape from New York

Davarian L. Baldwin

University of Minnesota Press

This book investigates the Harlem Renaissance in the United States from a new vantage point in an attempt to challenge and expand our understanding of the New Negro experience. Alongside a wider array of cultural expressions, this book argues that the New Negro experience was just one nodal point within a dynamic and uneven circuit of black internationalism. In offering a more comprehensive vision of the New Negro experience, it elucidates what we identify as a global modernity by focusing on the relationship between industry and empire, migration and social movements, and cultural renaissance and mass consumption in the early twentieth century. It decenters Harlem, both as a physical space and as the model for an appropriate “renaissance,” and instead highlights both its geographical and expressive reach beyond New York, beyond national boundaries, across broader fields of activity, and through unconventional modes of cultural expression.

Keywords:   black internationalism, Harlem Renaissance, New Negro, industry, empire, migration, social movements, cultural renaissance, mass consumption, New York

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