Cultural Contexts for Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
A Bedford Documentary Companion
ISBN10: 0312100817 ISBN13: 9780312100810 Publisher: Bedford/st Martins Published: Jan 1 1995 Pages: 258 Weight: 0.65lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.50" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
The collection of primary documents in this volume recapitulates the course of African American life during the first half of the 20th century, while it provides a context for reading an important literary work. Keyed to events in the novel, the documents include selections by African American leaders (Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du bois, and Marcus Garvey); selections by leading African American writers (Langston Hughes and Richard Wright); songs, folktales, and other examples of black vernacular culture; and readings on African American migration, black labour in the industrial North, the role of communism in African American politics, and the end of legal segregation in the United States.