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Cunard, Nancy (1896-1965) Negro anthology made by Nancy Cunard 1931-1933

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06115 Author/Creator: Cunard, Nancy (1896-1965) Place Written: London, England Type: Book Date: 1934 Pagination: 1 v. : 855 p. : ill. ; 31 x 25.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Published by Cunard at Wishart & Company in London, England. In the foreword, Cunard states "It was necessary to make this book ... for the recording of the struggles and achievements, the persecutions and the revolts against them, of the Negro people." Cunard's thorough and diverse work contains music, poetry, historical studies, discussions on racism, and reports on black culture in other countries, such as Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, and Africa, among many others. Includes essays by such notables as anthropologist and writer Zora Neale Hurston, philosopher Alain Locke, sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois, and civil rights activist and NAACP leader Walter White. According to Cunard, "the more vital of the Negro race have realised that it is Communism alone which throws down the barriers of race as finally as it wipes out class distinctions. The Communist world-order is the solution of the race problem for the Negro."

Background Information: Cunard, an English writer, poet, and publisher, produced several works pertaining to African and African American topics and the civil rights movement. Negro anthology was published at her own expense.

People: Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: Woman AuthorWomen's HistoryAfrican American HistoryMusicPoetryLiterature and Language ArtsLatin and South AmericaCaribbeanGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsAfricaBlack AuthorCivil RightsReform MovementCommunism

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