Item #20046 Black Manhattan by James Weldon Johnson, First Edition 1930 with illustrations. James Weldon Johnson.
Black Manhattan by James Weldon Johnson, First Edition 1930 with illustrations
Black Manhattan by James Weldon Johnson, First Edition 1930 with illustrations

Black Manhattan by James Weldon Johnson, First Edition 1930 with illustrations

First Edition

[African American] Johnson, James Weldon. Black Manhattan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. First Edition Hardcover with no Dust Jacket. 284 pages plus index. Measures 5.5" x 7.75". Includes 13 illustrations throughout. Book covers black history in New York City from the time of the Dutch to the Harlem Renaissance. James Weldon Johnson was one of the leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance, combined the skills of the historian, social scientist, and the reporter to trace the New York black experience from the earliest settlements on Chatham Square during the pre-revolutionary period to the triumphant achievements of Harlem in the 1920s. But Black Manhattan is by no means simply history; It illuminates Johnson and his contributions to both black literature and black organizations; it provides us with an intimate account of the black theatrical and musical world of which Johnson had been a part; and it raises searching questions about the black people's struggle to find their identity. Black Manhattan remains one of the essential books on the black American experience, losing none of its resonance and value after many decades.

Item #20046

Price: $320.00