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The Negro in Illinois

Edited by Brian Dolinar

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780252037696
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252094958 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5406/illinois/9780252037696.001.0001
The Negro in Illinois

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A major document of African American participation in the struggles of the Great Depression, The Negro in Illinois was produced by a special division of the Illinois Writers' Project, one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration programs. Headed by Harlem Renaissance poet Arna Bontemps and white proletarian writer Jack Conroy, The Negro in Illinois employed major black writers living in Chicago during the 1930s, including Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, Katherine Dunham, Fenton Johnson, Frank Yerby, and Richard Durham. The authors chronicled the Negroes' experience in Illinois from the beginnings of slavery to Abraham Lincoln's emancipation and the Great Migration, with individual chapters discussing various aspects of public and domestic life, recreation, politics, religion, literature, and performing arts. After the project was canceled in 1942, most of the writings went unpublished for more than half a century—until now. The editor of this book provides an informative introduction and epilogue which explain the origins of the project and place it in the context of the Black Chicago Renaissance.

Keywords: black writers; Great Depression; Illinois Writers' Project; Arna Bontemps; Jack Conroy; Chicago; Negroes; Illinois; Great Migration; Black Chicago Renaissance

Book.  336 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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Slavery in The Negro in Illinois

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Abolition in The Negro in Illinois

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The Underground Railroad in The Negro in Illinois

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Lincoln and the Negro in The Negro in Illinois

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John Brown’s Friend in The Negro in Illinois

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Leave a Summer Land Behind in The Negro in Illinois

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Rising in The Negro in Illinois

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Churches in The Negro in Illinois

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