Lewis, David L. When Harlem Was in Vogue. New York: Knopf, 1981. Print
Reviewed By: Kayandra Screen
When Harlem was in vogue is a prominent novel in history that depicts a time in African American History known as the Harlem Renaissance. Written by David L. Lewis, Professor of History at New York University, is from Little Rock, Arkansas. David Lewis’s edifying and casual approach to the novel gives the reader better insight on the time known as “The Harlem Renaissance”. Also some background info on the lives of the African Americans during this time and situates the novel as a systematic documentation of this time in when African American artists, activists and socialites flourished in Harlem within the 1920’s. Published in 1981 by Knopf, Lewis’s novel celebrates a bulbous and cultural movement within the African American community in Harlem, New York. In When Harlem was in vogue, Lewis reveals a lot of information that is presumably unknown by the reader. Aiming at the development of America after World War I. This current time in History was a time of sanguinity in the city of Harlem. Though times of racial hostility and differences in mindsets towards the U.S. Military and World War I existed, Historians such as Du Bios believed that, if tasteful and cultivated Caucasian people were accurately assessed to this broad assortment of artistry then they would start initially notice the Talented Tenth of blacks. It argues that intellectual achievement would be a precise solution to the offset treatment known as racism in asset to The Great Depression. This epidemic of economic dissimilation tried to reveal a new era of African Americans intellectual beings that wanted to overcome the idealistic idea of poverty.
In such an era that was racially segregated, blacks and whites came together to birth the Harlem Renaissance. Not only including artifacts such as interviews from populace from the renaissance to the examination of text, historical papers, and even periodicals in this critical time in United States History. These primary and secondary sources were initially effectively used towards the argument. We are involuntary forced to critically understand the renaissance from the perception from those who were initially apart of it. Knowing the issue at hand is that racism...