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Harlem is nowhere : a journey to the Mecca of Black America /

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Beaufort - Beaufort Branch 974.712 RHO (Text) 0530005422163 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Dorchester - St. George Main Library 974.71 RHO (Text) 30018003872443 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
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  • ISBN: 9780316017237
  • Physical Description: print
    296 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-286) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: A colony of their own -- Into the city of refuge -- Searching for the underground city -- Harlem dream books -- Messages -- Land is the basis of all independence -- Back to Carolina -- We march because.
Summary, etc.: For a century Harlem has been celebrated as the capital of black America, a thriving center of cultural achievement and political action. At a crucial moment in Harlem's history, as gentrification encroaches, the author untangles the myth and meaning of Harlem's legacy. Examining the epic Harlem of official history and the personal Harlem that begins at her front door, she introduces us to a wide variety of characters, past and present. At the heart of their stories, and her own, is the hope carried over many generations, hope that Harlem would be the ground from which blacks fully entered America's democracy.
Subject: Harlem (New York, N.Y.) History
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Social conditions
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Biography
African Americans New York (State) New York History
African Americans New York (State) New York Social conditions
African Americans New York (State) New York Biography
City and town life New York (State) New York History
Community life New York (State) New York History
New York (N.Y.) Social conditions
New York (N.Y.) Biography

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Harlem Is Nowhere : A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
Harlem Is Nowhere : A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
by Rhodes-Pitts, Sharifa
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Rhodes-Pitts, an essayist and recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award, takes as her title a 1948 essay wherein Ralph Ellison describes "nowhere" as the crossroads where personal reality meets the metaphorical meanings attached to people and places. A transplant to Harlem from Texas, Rhodes-Pitts began a personal journey into the iconic neighborhood, poring over Harlem in literature and life, reading its empty lots and street scenes, its billboards and memorials for clues to what it means to inhabit a dream (that fabled sanctuary for Black Americans) and a real place (the all too material neighborhood buckling beneath relentless gentrification). Acutely conscious of the writer's simultaneous role of participant in and recorder of present and past, Rhodes-Pitts weaves a glittering living tapestry of snatches of overheard conversation, sidewalk chalk scribbles, want ads, unspoken social codes, literary analysis, studies of black slang-all if it held together with assurance and erudition. Like Zora Neale Hurston (whose contradictions she nails), she is "tour-guide and interpreter" of a Mecca cherished and feared, a place enduring and threatened that becomes home. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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The author reflects on her own Harlem, as well as the Harlem of its iconic storytellers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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