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Introduction: Neither Simple Nor Sanguine "To absorb a handful of Negroes in America and leave the unbleached millions of Africa in their savage blackness would be to deepen the gulf of racial… (More)
In a 1951 poem entitled “Harlem,” Langston Hughes asked “What happens to a dream deferred?/ Does it dry up/like a raisin in the sun?/ . . . Or does it explode?” Twenty years later, deferred dreams of… (More)
To date, scholars have tended to view Black Israelites as mercenary, derivative, or imitative. However, this microhistorical reading of the public, partial, and hidden transcripts of New York Rabbi… (More)
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. "This is our Red Sea:" Exodusters, Prophet William Saunders Crowdy, and the Beginnings of Black Israelism 2. "Equivalent to Israelism": Inheritance, Freemasonry, and… (More)
in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson, deliberately integrates blues fables with historical fact. Other works introduce Johnson into contemporary circumstances. In the 1986 film Crossroads and the 1998… (More)