The Legacy Of African Americans

2130 WordsMar 22, 20169 Pages
I felt these two historians and their writings were a great end to the readings of the semester. It not only summed up the history of the time but also the means some Africans were taking to combat the false assumptions about Africans that had been held against them throughout history. These authors have collected any writing on the history of African Americans and used it to show the history, influence and great civilizations they have had in the past. They were attempting, through there research to find thier history to promote the idea of equality between the races. Another reason they were collecting this literature was to bring all these writings to one location in order to have it assessable to any African American that desired to…show more content…
Is it the Africans of the city who the music is directly connected to? Or with the popularization of Jazz did the White community want to claim it as thier own like they attempted to do with white jazz musicians? Reply Nick Roehm said, May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm I believe that I truly appreciated these two authors and the historical perspective that they offer much more than I would have, had their selections come sooner in this text. I feel like the portion of the text devoted to Garvey gives us a sense of the kind of context we need to focus on and also presents the “grandfather” or founding father of the much of the sociopolitical thought of the Harlem Renaissance; yet there is something different here. There is even something different from the more historically-minded Communist authors that we encounter prior to the literary figures. I think this difference in perspective stems from the focus of the author’s retrospective. By this I mean that where the Communists focused their retrospective gazes on the systematic oppression of people of worldwide Black community, these historians focus on cataloguing real and measurable history—this is not to say that the history of systemic oppression was not real, rather that such philosophic histories are generally constructed to argue for a certain natural state or essential being. Rather, Schomburg writes that “the Negro has been throughout the centuries of controversy an active collaborator, and often a
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