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Langston Hughes And The Chicago Defender

Author : Langston Hughes
ISBN : 0252064747
Genre : Literary Collections
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A collection of columns written by Langston Hughes between 1942 and 1962 for the "Chicago Defender," offering his views on international race relations, Jim Crow, the South, white supremacy, imperialism and fascism, segregation in the armed forces, the Soviet Union and communism, and African-American art and culture.
Category: Literary Collections

Here To Yonder

Author : Langston Hughes
ISBN : OCLC:1004330166
Genre : Lyric writing (Popular music)
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Category: Lyric writing (Popular music)

Chicago Defender

Author : Myiti Sengstacke Rice
ISBN : 9780738561240
Genre : History
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The history of the Chicago Defender, a leading newspaper in the 1920s which served as a platform for African Americans to voice their opinions on race, oppression, and dreams of a better future.
Category: History

Langston Hughes

Author : Laurie F. Leach
ISBN : 0313324972
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Chronicles the life of the twentieth-century African-American poet, writer, journalist, and leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance who incorporated African-American speech and culture into his poems and faced Senator Joseph McCarthy's Senate committee.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Socialist Joy In The Writing Of Langston Hughes

Author : Jonathan Scott
ISBN : 9780826265647
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Explores Hughes's intellectual method and its relation to social activism. Examines his involvement with socialist movements of the 1920s and 1930s and contends that the goal of overthrowing white oppression produced a "socialist joy" expressed repeatedly in his later work, in spite of the anticommunist crusades of the cold war"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Literary Criticism

Not So Simple

Author : Donna Sullivan Harper
ISBN : 0826210880
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The "Simple" stories, Langston Hughes's satirical pieces featuring Harlem's Jesse B. Semple, have been lauded as Hughes's greatest contribution to American fiction. In Not So Simple, Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper provides the first full historical analysis of the Simple stories. Harper races the evolution and development of Simple from his 1943 appearance in Hughes's weekly Chicago Defender column through his 1965 farewell in the New York Post. Drawing on correspondence and manuscripts of the stories, Harper explores the development of the Simple collections, from Simple Speaks His Mind (1950) to Simple's Uncle Sam (1965), providing fresh and provocative perspectives on both Hughes and the characters who populate his stories. Harper discusses the nature of Simple, Harlem's "everyman", and the way in which Hughes used his character both to teach fellow Harlem residents about their connection to world events and to give black literature a hero whose "day-after-day heroism" would exemplify greatness. She explores the psychological, sociological, and literary meanings behind the Simple stories, and suggests ways in which the stories illustrate lessons of American history and political science. She also examines the roles played by women in these humorously ironic fiction. Ultimately, Hughes's attitudes as an author are measured against the views of other prominent African American writers. Demonstrating the richness and complexity of this Langston Hughes character and the Harlem he inhabited. Not So Simple makes an important contribution to the study of American literature.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Early Simple Stories

Author : Langston Hughes
ISBN : 0826263852
Genre : Fiction
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Annotation Jesse B. Semple first sprang to life in Langston Hughes's weekly Chicago Defender column in 1943. Almost immediately, the "Simple stories," as they were routinely called, had a large and ever-increasing audience. Simple soon became Harlem's Everymanan ordinary black workingman, representative of the masses of black folks in the 1940s. Simple had migrated to Harlem, like many other blacks, seeking to escape the racism of the South, and he celebrated his new freedoms despite the economic struggles he still confronted. Simple's bar buddy and foil in the stories is the better-educated, more articulate Boyd, who has never lived in the South. Their conversations permit Simple to speak the wisdom of the working class. By the time the first book of Simple stories was published, Hughes had honed and polished these two characters, enhancing the distinctions between the vernacular language of Simple and the more educated diction of his friend. Remaining within the Afrocentric world that was his chosen sphere, Hughes makes clear the message that Simple and Boyd are very much alike; both are black men in a racially unbalanced society. Both exist in a world within a world, in Harlem, the separate black community of New York City. "You imply that there is no fun to be had around white folks." "I never had none," said Simple. "You have a color complex." "A colored complexion," said Simple. "I said complex, not complexion." "I added the shun myself," said Simple. "I'm colored, and being around white folks makes me feel more coloredsince most of them shun Negroes." Countless exchanges between Simple and his companion offer wit and wisdom that remind contemporary readers why Langston Hughes is so special.
Category: Fiction

Chicago Whispers

Author : St. Sukie de la Croix
ISBN : 9780299286934
Genre : Social Science
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Chicago Whispers illuminates a colorful and vibrant record of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people who lived and loved in Chicago from the city’s beginnings in the 1670s as a fur-trading post to the end of the 1960s. Journalist St. Sukie de la Croix, drawing on years of archival research and personal interviews, reclaims Chicago’s LGBT past that had been forgotten, suppressed, or overlooked. Included here are Jane Addams, the pioneer of American social work; blues legend Ma Rainey, who recorded “Sissy Blues” in Chicago in 1926; commercial artist J. C. Leyendecker, who used his lover as the model for “The Arrow Collar Man” advertisements; and celebrated playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun. Here, too, are accounts of vice dens during the Civil War and classy gentlemen’s clubs; the wild and gaudy First Ward Ball that was held annually from 1896 to 1908; gender-crossing performers in cabarets and at carnival sideshows; rights activists like Henry Gerber in the 1920s; authors of lesbian pulp novels and publishers of “physique magazines”; and evidence of thousands of nameless queer Chicagoans who worked as artists and musicians, in the factories, offices, and shops, at theaters and in hotels. Chicago Whispers offers a diverse collection of alternately hip and heart-wrenching accounts that crackle with vitality.
Category: Social Science

African American Newspapers

Author : LLC Books
ISBN : 1155421930
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 29. Chapters: African-American News and Issues, Atlanta Daily World, Baltimore Afro-American, Black Chronicle, Boston Guardian, California Eagle, Call and Post, Chicago Defender, Dallas Express, Freedom's Journal, Houston Defender, Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis Recorder, Ink newspaper, Iowa Bystander, Jackson Advocate, Los Angeles Sentinel, Louisville Defender, Louisville Leader, Michigan Chronicle, Muhammad Speaks, Negro World, New Journal and Guide, New Orleans Tribune, New Pittsburgh Courier, New York Amsterdam News, North Star (anti-slavery newspaper), Omaha Star, Philadelphia Tribune, Richmond Free Press, Richmond Post, San Francisco Bay View, Savannah Tribune, Seattle Medium, St. Louis American, St. Louis Argus, St. Louis Sentinel, The Carolina Times, The Charlotte Post, The City Sun, The Cleveland Gazette, The Colored American, The Equator (newspaper), The Facts (Seattle), The Liberator (anti-slavery newspaper), The Louisiana Weekly, The Michigan Citizen, The Michigan FrontPage, The Oakland Post (California), The Sacramento Observer, The Village Beat, The Washington Afro American, The Washington Informer, The Washington Sun, The Winter Park Advocate, Tri-State Defender. Excerpt: The Chicago Defender is a Chicago-based weekly newspaper founded in 1905 by an African American for primarily African-American readers. In just three years from 1919-1922 the Defender also attracted the writing talents of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks. Editor and founder Robert Sengstacke Abbott played a major role in influencing the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North by means of strong, moralistic rhetoric in his editorials and political cartoons, the promotion of Chicago as a destination, and the advertisement of successful black individuals as inspiration for blacks in the South. The rhetoric and art exhibited in the Defender unmistakably demanded equality of the races and the promotion of a northern migration. It has been suggested that the first step Abbott took to achieve this end was to create a necessary sense of oppression and discontentment in southern life, accomplished through the exposes of southern crimes against blacks. The Defender consistently published articles describing lynchings in the south with vivid descriptions of gore and the victims' death. These stories were accompanied by unrestrained blame of the mobs of whites typically involved, forcing readers to accept that these crimes were "systematic and unremitting." The newspaper's intense focus on these injustices implicitly laid the groundwork upon which Abbott would build his explicit critiques of society. The art in the Defender, particularly its political cartoons, also explicitly addressed race issues and advocated northern migration of blacks. After the movement of southern blacks northward was a quantifiable phenomenon, the Defender took a particular interest to sensationalizing migratory stories, often portraying them as the focus of the front page. Abbott positioned his paper as a primary influence of these movements even before historians would, for he used the Defender to initiate and advertise a "Great Northern Drive" day, set for Ma
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The Collected Works Of Langston Hughes Essays On Art Race Politics And World Affairs

Author : Langston Hughes
ISBN : 0826213944
Genre : Literary Collections
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The sixteen volumes are published with the goal that Hughes pursued throughout his lifetime: making his books available to the people. Each volume will include a biographical and literary chronology by Arnold Rampersad, as well as an introduction by a Hughes scholar lume introductions will provide contextual and historical information on the particular work.
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The Return Of Simple

Author : Langston Hughes
ISBN : 1429924098
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Jesse B. Simple, Simple to his fans, made weekly appearances beginning in 1943 in Langston Hughes' column in the Chicago Defender. Simple may have shared his readers feelings of loss and dispossession, but he also cheered them on with his wonderful wit and passion for life.
Category: Fiction

The Life Of Langston Hughes

Author : Arnold Rampersad
ISBN : 0199882274
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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February 1, 2002 marks the 100th birthday of Langston Hughes. To commemorate the centennial of his birth, Arnold Rampersad has contributed new Afterwords to both volumes of his highly-praised biography of this most extraordinary and prolific American writer. The second volume in this masterful biography finds Hughes rooting himself in Harlem, receiving stimulation from his rich cultural surroundings. Here he rethought his view of art and radicalism, and cultivated relationships with younger, more militant writers such as Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Amiri Bakara. Rampersad's Afterword to volume two looks further into his influence and how it expanded beyond the literary as a result of his love of jazz and blues, his opera and musical theater collaborations, and his participation in radio and television. In addition, Rempersad explores the controversial matter of Hughes's sexuality and the possibility that, despite a lack of clear evidence, Hughes was homosexual. Exhaustively researched in archival collections throughout the country, especially in the Langston Hughes papers at Yale University's Beinecke Library, and featuring fifty illustrations per volume, this anniversary edition will offer a new generation of readers entrance to the life and mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest artists.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Collected Works Of Langston Hughes

Author : Langston Hughes
ISBN : UCSC:32106016822527
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Annotation Enabling power:Local Government and Housing Act 1989, s. 39 (5) (6) (7). Issued:13.02.97. Made:06.02.97. Laid:13.02.97. Coming into force:06.03.97. Effect:S.I. 1990/720 amended. Territorial extent & classification:E/W. General.
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Simple Speaks His Mind

Author : Langston Hughes
ISBN : UCSC:32106014625278
Genre : Fiction
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Reprint. Previously published: New York: Simon and Schuster, 1950.
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Fight For Freedom And Other Writings On Civil Rights

Author : Langston Hughes
ISBN : 0826263828
Genre : Civil rights movements
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Nearing the end of a distinguished literary career that spanned nearly fifty years, Langston Hughes took on the daunting task of writing the official history of the national Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Beginning with the social, political, and economic contexts that led to the founding of the NAACP in 1909 and ending with a summary of its targeted goals for 1963, Hughes attempted to write a history that would be comprehensive in scope and singular in its purpose of highlighting the ways in which the Association had a direct and positive influence on racial justice in the United States. Focusing on the individuals who had the greatest impact on the NAACP and the issues with which the organization was most concerned in its first fifty years of existence, Hughes produced the widely acclaimed Fight for Freedom, striking an exceptional balance between biography and cultural history. Long before the publication of Fight for Freedom, Hughes had begun writing nonfictional prose about these same issues as a regular columnist and essayist for the nation's most influential African American publications, including the Chicago Defender and Crisis. A selection of these popular columns and other essays—which reveal the extent to which Hughes's unique, varied, and sometimes Blues- tinged narrative voice shifted in tone over the course of his extensive career—is included in this volume. Hughes intersperses historical facts with compelling anecdotes that often frame subtly ironic commentaries on various themes. The result is history that provides a lens through which to view Hughes's attitudes in the early 1960s toward the ways the NAACP addressed the vital social, cultural, political, and economic issues central to its agenda. Fight for Freedom and Other Writings on Civil Rights makes a unique contribution to the oeuvre of an African American writer whose full significance to American literature, history, and culture will continue to be defined well into the twenty-first century.
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The Art And Imagination Of Langston Hughes

Author : R. Baxter Miller
ISBN : 9780813157436
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Langston Hughes was one of the most important American writers of his generation, and one of the most versatile, producing poetry, fiction, drama, and autobiography. In this innovative study, R. Baxter Miller explores Hughes's life and art to enlarge our appreciation of his contribution to American letters. Arguing that readers often miss the complexity of Hughes's work because of its seeming accessibility, Miller begins with a discussion of the writer's auto-biography, an important yet hitherto neglected key to his imagination. Moving on to consider the subtle resonances of his life in the varied genres over which his imagination "wandered," Miller finds a constant symbiotic bond between the historical and the lyrical. The range of Hughes's artistic vision is revealed in his depiction of Black women, his political stance, his lyric and tragi-comic modes. This is one of the first studies to apply recent methods of literary analysis, including formalist, structuralist, and semiotic criticism, to the work of a Black American writer. Miller not only affirms in Hughes's work the peculiar qualities of Black American culture but provides a unifying conception of his art and identifies the primary metaphors lying at its heart. Here is a fresh and coherent reading of the work of one of the twentieth century's greatest voices, a reinterpretation that renews our appreciation not only of Black American text and heritage but of the literary imagination itself.
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The Collected Works Of Langston Hughes Gospel Plays Operas And Later Dramatic Works

Author : Langston Hughes
ISBN : 0826214770
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The sixteen volumes are published with the goal that Hughes pursued throughout his lifetime: making his books available to the people. Each volume will include a biographical and literary chronology by Arnold Rampersad, as well as an introduction by a Hughes scholar lume introductions will provide contextual and historical information on the particular work.
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Race Against Empire

Author : Penny M. Von Eschen
ISBN : 9780801471704
Genre : History
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Marshaling evidence from a wide array of international sources, including the black presses of the time, Penny M. Von Eschen offers a vivid portrayal of the African diaspora in its international heyday, from the 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress to early cooperation with the United Nations. Tracing the relationship between transformations in anti-colonial politics and the history of the United States during its emergence as the dominant world power, she challenges bipolar Cold War paradigms. She documents the efforts of African-American political leaders, intellectuals, and journalists who forcefully promoted anti-colonial politics and critiqued U.S. foreign policy. The eclipse of anti-colonial politics—which Von Eschen traces through African-American responses to the early Cold War, U.S. government prosecution of black American anti-colonial activists, and State Department initiatives in Africa—marked a change in the very meaning of race and racism in America from historical and international issues to psychological and domestic ones. She concludes that the collision of anti-colonialism with Cold War liberalism illuminates conflicts central to the reshaping of America; the definition of political, economic, and civil rights; and the question of who, in America and across the globe, is to have access to these rights.
Category: History

Exiles From A Future Time

Author : Alan M. Wald
ISBN : 9781469608679
Genre : Literary Criticism
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With this book, Alan Wald launches a bold and passionate account of the U.S. Literary Left from the 1920s through the 1960s. Exiles from a Future Time, the first volume of a trilogy, focuses on the forging of a Communist-led literary tradition in the 1930s. Exploring writers' intimate lives and heartfelt political commitments, Wald draws on original research in scores of archives and personal collections of papers; correspondence and interviews with hundreds of writers and their friends and families; and a treasure trove of unpublished memoirs, fiction, and poetry. In fashioning a "humanscape" of the Literary Left, Wald not only reassesses acclaimed authors but also returns to memory dozens of forgotten, talented writers. The authors range from the familiar Mike Gold, Langston Hughes, and Muriel Rukeyser to William Attaway, John Malcolm Brinnin, Stanley Burnshaw, Joy Davidman, Sol Funaroff, Joseph Freeman, Alfred Hayes, Eugene Clay Holmes, V. J. Jerome, Ruth Lechlitner, and Frances Winwar. Focusing on the formation of the tradition and the organization of the Cultural Left, Wald investigates the "elective affinity" of its avant-garde poets, the "Afro-cosmopolitanism" of its Black radical literary movement, and the uneasy negotiation between feminist concerns and class identity among its women writers.
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The Life Of Langston Hughes Volume Ii 1941 1967 I Dream A World

Author : Arnold Rampersad
ISBN : 9780199874521
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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February 1, 2002 marks the 100th birthday of Langston Hughes. To commemorate the centennial of his birth, Arnold Rampersad has contributed new Afterwords to both volumes of his highly-praised biography of this most extraordinary and prolific American writer. The second volume in this masterful biography finds Hughes rooting himself in Harlem, receiving stimulation from his rich cultural surroundings. Here he rethought his view of art and radicalism, and cultivated relationships with younger, more militant writers such as Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Amiri Bakara. Rampersads Afterword to volume two looks further into his influence and how it expanded beyond the literary as a result of his love of jazz and blues, his opera and musical theater collaborations, and his participation in radio and television. In addition, Rempersad explores the controversial matter of Hughess sexuality and the possibility that, despite a lack of clear evidence, Hughes was homosexual. Exhaustively researched in archival collections throughout the country, especially in the Langston Hughes papers at Yale Universitys Beinecke Library, and featuring fifty illustrations per volume, this anniversary edition will offer a new generation of readers entrance to the life and mind of one of the twentieth centurys greatest artists.
Category: Biography & Autobiography