The Harlem Renaissance in the American West
The New Negro's Western Experience
Edited by Cary D Wintz, Bruce Glasrud
Routledge – 2011 – 264 pages
The Harlem Renaissance, an exciting period in the social and cultural history of the US, has over the past few decades re-established itself as a watershed moment in African American history. However, many of the African American communities outside the urban center of Harlem that participated in the Harlem Renaissance between 1914 and 1940, have been overlooked and neglected as locations of scholarship and research.
Harlem Renaissance in the West: The New Negro's Western Experience will change the way students and scholars of the Harlem Renaissance view the efforts of artists, musicians, playwrights, club owners, and various other players in African American communities all over the American West to participate fully in the cultural renaissance that took hold during that time.
"This is an amazing collection of essays that fundamentally reshapes our understanding of an era of creativity and change that is usually seen through the lens of New York by recasting our scholarly sights westward. Not only does this work enhance our understanding of the Renaissance’s impact on urban centers like Los Angeles, Denver and Kansas City but it deftly broadens our gaze to include the impact and contributions of communities as diverse as Seattle, Laramie and Minneapolis. This landmark publication marks a profound shift in the interpretation of what will never again be seen as a simply a Harlem Renaissance."
Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, is the author of Black Angelenos: The African American in Los Angeles, 1850-1950
"Cary Wintz and Bruce Glasrud have assembled a long overdue and yet remarkably revealing anthology on the Harlem Renaissance in the West. The authors convincingly establish the Renaissance as part of a national literary and artistic movement with roots in places as disparate as Lawrence, Kansas, Silver City, New Mexico, and Boise, Idaho."
Quintard Taylor, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History, University of Washington
The Harlem Renaissance in the West
Cary D. Wintz and Bruce A. Glasrud
1. Harlem in Houston
Charles Orson Cook
2. North Texas’ Black Art and Literature During the 1920s and 1930s: "The
Current Is Much Stronger"
3. The Western Black Renaissance in the Kansas City Region
4. The New Negro Renaissance in Los Angeles, 1920-1940
5. "All God’s Children Got Swing": The Black Renaissance in the San Francisco
Bay Area, 1906-1941
Douglas Henry Daniels
6. Harlem Renaissance in Oklahoma
Jean Van Delinder
7. The New Negro Renaissance in Omaha and Lincoln, 1910-1940
Richard M. Breaux
8. Harlem Renaissance West: Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Twin Cities of
9. The San Antonio/Austin Renaissance: Where "the Daddies of Jazz"
Remembered the Alamo
Jeanette N. Passty
10. The Black Renaissance in the Desert Southwest
Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz
11. Harlem Renaissance in Denver
George H. Junne, Jr.
12. Black Renaissance in Helena and Laramie: Hatched on Top of the Rocky
13. A Renaissance in Seattle and Portland
14. Harlem Renaissance in San Diego: New Negroes and Community
Charles P. Toombs
Harlem Renaissance in the West: A Selected Bibliography
Bruce A. Glasrud is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay, and retired Dean of the School of arts and Sciences at Sul Ross State University.
Cary D. Wintz is Professor of History at Texas Southern University. Together Cary Wintz and Bruce Glasrud are the editors of African Americans and the Presidency (Routledge).