Introduction: The Harlem Renaissance in an Inter-American Perspective

Astrid Haas,

Universität Bielefeld

“In the preface to his seminal anthology The Book of American Negro Poetry (1922), the first collection of black U.S. American verse to appear with a major United States publishing house, James Weldon Johnson employs the term ‘Aframerican’ in the widest possible sense, as a designator for people of African descent from the entire American hemisphere rather than as an exclusive label for blacks from the United States…”

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