In Making a Promised Land, Paula J. Massood examines the interconnected histories of African American representation, urban life, and citizenship as documented in still and moving images of Harlem over the last century. She analyzes how photography and film have been used over time to make African American culture visible to itself and to a wider audience and charts the ways in which Harlem, the "Mecca of the New Negro," became a battleground in the struggles to define African American politics, aesthetics, and citizenship.
Intro Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Frontispiece Contents Acknowledgments Introduction. The Era of the New Negro: African American Politics and Aesthetics in Twentieth-Century Harlem Chapter 1. African American Aesthetics and the City: Picturing the Black Bourgeoisie in New York Chapter 2. Heaven and Hell in Harlem: Urban Aesthetics for a Renaissance People Chapter 3. Delinquents in the Making: Harlem's Representational Turn toward "Marketable Shock Chapter 4. Gangster's Paradise: Drugs and Crime in Harlem, from Blaxploitation to New Jack Cinema Chapter 5. Echoes of a Renaissance: Harlem's Nostalgic Turn Conclusion. Making and Remaking a Promised Land: Harlem's Continuing Revisions Notes Index About the Author.
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