By Barbara McCaskill,Caroline Gebhard
The years among the cave in of Reconstruction and the top of global warfare I mark a pivotal second in African American cultural creation. Christened the “Post-Bellum-Pre-Harlem” period through the novelist Charles Chesnutt, those years glance again to the antislavery flow and ahead to the creative flowering and racial self-consciousness of the Harlem Renaissance.
Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem bargains clean views at the literary and cultural achievements of African American women and men in this seriously ignored, even though very important, interval of our nation's previous. utilizing quite a lot of disciplinary methods, the 16 students collected right here provide either a reappraisal and get together of African American cultural construction in the course of those influential many years. along discussions of political and inventive icons akin to Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and James Weldon Johnson are essays revaluing figures reminiscent of the writers Paul and Alice Dunbar-Nelson, the hot England painter Edward Mitchell Bannister, and Georgia-based activists Lucy Craft Laney and Emmanuel King Love.
Contributors discover an array of types from advantageous paintings to anti-lynching drama, from sermons to ragtime and blues, and from dialect items and early black musical theater to severe fiction.
Contributors include: Frances Smith Foster, Carla L. Peterson, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Audrey Thomas McCluskey, Barbara Ryan, Robert M. Dowling, Barbara A. Baker, Paula Bernat Bennett, Philip J. Kowalski, Nikki L. Brown, Koritha A. Mitchell, Margaret Crumpton iciness, Rhonda Reymond, and Andrew J. Scheiber.