"Look for Me All Around You": Anglophone Caribbean Immigrants in the Harlem Renaissance
by Louis J. Parascandola
Wayne State University Press, 2005 Paper: 978-0-8143-2987-0
ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | REVIEWS | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK Interdisciplinary in scope, this anthology redresses the undue neglect of Anglophone Caribbeans--almost 25 percent of the Black population in Harlem in 1920--and their pivotal role in the literary, cultural, and political events shaping the Harlem Renaissance. The poetry, fiction, drama, and essays included explore a variety of issues, such as the increasing emphasis on race and image building, the development of a Black aesthetic, progressive politics, and the struggle to define the status of Blacks in America. Both the literary and political works show the spirit of the New Negro, one emphasizing racial pride and aesthetic consciousness.
Examined closely are those Black and Carribean American figures involved in the Black nationalism movement, socialist groups, and trade unions, including such prominent figures as Marcus Garvey and his two wives, Amy Ashwood and Amy Jacques Garvey, Hubert Harrison, W. A. Domingo, and Frank Crosswaith. Also explored are the developing communist movements as manifested in the writings of Cyril Briggs, Richard B. Moore, Otto Huiswoud, and George Padmore. Essays review the crucial literary contributions of Claude McKay, Eric Walrond, and dramatist Eulalie Spence, as well as historians Arthur Schomburg and J. A. Rogers. This anthology of writers, with accompanying discussions about their works placed in the context of their own time, will be of interest to anyone examining the Harlem Renaissance and the larger Black and Caribbean contribution to cultural and political thinking.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY Louis J. Parascandola is associate professor of English at Long Island University and author of Winds Can Wake up the Dead: An Eric Walrond Reader (Wayne State University Press, 1998).
REVIEWS "In Look for Me all around You, Louis Parascandola has identified, selected and gathered together a wide variety of writings by anglophone Afro-Caribbeans in the United States during the Harlem Renaissance years. Augmented by a fine introduction, this is a welcome and valuable anthology, adding to the growing body of literature on the truly remarkable and enduring contribution of those whom Du Bois in 1920 dubbed "this new Ethiopia of the Isles" in America." --Winston James, Columbia University, author of Holding Aloft the Banner of Ethiopia: Caribbean Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century America.
"Against the background of the complex social tensions of the times, Parascandola's text offers a comprehensive and timely reminder of the multi-faceted contribution of a marginalized community to the most significant cultural and ideological event in New York City's history. Of special interest are accounts of the achievements of lesser-known voices and organs of social activism. Yet again, Parascandola extends the Harlem pantheon to acknowledge the pivotal role of Caribbean artists and intellectuals." --Carl Wade, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados
"Timely and well-edited, this interdisciplinary anthology of Caribbean writings during the Harlem Renaissance era will be indispensable to expanding debates on transnationalism in both American Studies and Postcolonial Studies." --Amritjit Singh, former MELUS President and co-editor of The Collected Writings of Wallace Thurman
"â€˜Look for Me All Around You' provides a generous, balanced, much-needed collection of Anglo-Caribbean writing from the Harlem Renaissance. The essays, poetry, drama, and fiction, introduced by Louis J. Parascandola's superb discussion of Caribbean contributions to black politics and literature in the early twentieth century, demonstrate how distinctive--and how crucial--the Caribbean contribution to the movement really was. Anyone interested in the Harlem Renaissance will want to own this book." --George Hutchinson, Booth M. Tarkington Professor of Literary Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Editor's Note Introduction
Part 1. Garveyites Marcus Garvey Africa for the Africans The Future as I See It The Negro, Communism, Trade Unionism and His (?) Friend The Negro's Greatest Enemy Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World First Message to the Negroes of the World From Atlanta Prison African Fundamentalism The Black Woman "Home to Harlem," Claude McKay's Damaging Book Should Earn Wholesale Condemnation of Negroes
Amy Ashwood Garvey The Birth of the Universal Negro Improvement Association
Amy Jacques Garvey Whither Goest Thou On a Trip from Coast to Coast The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Our Women Getting into the Larger Life Women and World Peace The Tidal Wave of Oppressed Peoples Beats Against the Color Line Imprison a Leader and You Boost His Cause Women as Leaders Nationally and Racially I Am a Negro--and Beautiful
Part 2. Socialists Hubert H. Harrison Socialism and the Negro Launching the Liberty League The New Politics for the New Negro The Descent of Du Bois Just Crabs Two Negro Radicalisms The White War and the Colored World Hands Across the Sea Race Consciousness Prejudice Growing Less and Co-Operation More "No Negro Literary Renaissance," Says Well Known Writer
W. A. Domingo Socialism the Negroes' Hope If We Must Die A New Negro and a New Day [Everywhere Bolshevism Brings Terror to the Heart Imperialism] Socialism Imperilled, or the Negro--A Potential Menace to American Radicalism Gift of the Black Tropics
Frank R. Crosswaith Black Man's Burden: Harlem Doubly Enslaved by Color and Capitalism Toward the Home Stretch
Part 3. Communists Cyril V. Briggs A Race Catechism Dr. Du Bois Misrepresents Negrodom The Old Negro Goes: Let Him Go in Peace Bolshevism's Menace: To Whom and To What? The Salvation of the Negro The Tulsa Riot and the African Blood Brotherhood Programme of the African Blood Brotherhood The Decline of the Garvey Movement The Black Belt Republic Plan Richard B. The Colonial Congress and the Negro An Open Letter to Mr. Philip Randolph, General Organizer of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Housing and the Negro Masses Free the Scottsboro Boys!
Otto Huiswoud The Negro Problem Is Important World Aspects of the Negro Question
George Padmore Gastonia: Its Significance to Negro Labor Revolutionary Perspectives
Part 4. Literary Figures Claude McKay The Harlem Dancer The Tired Worker My Mother Flame-Heart The Tropics in New York If We Must Die America The White House A Negro Poet Garvey as a Negro Moses Soviet Russia and the Negro (Part II) A Negro Writer to His Critics Arrival (from Home to Harlem) Mattie and Her Sweetman Crazy Mary
Eric D. Walrond Marcus Garvey--A Defense The New Negro Faces America The Black City On Being Black The Stone Rebounds The Wharf Rats The Palm Porch City Love
Eulalie Spence The Starter Her Hot Stuff A Criticism of the Negro Drama
Part 5. Historians Arthur A. Schomburg The Negro Digs up His Past
J. A. Rogers From Superman to Man (excerpt) Jazz at Home Is Black Ever White? Who Is the New Negro, and Why?