Black New York

This collection of manuscripts documents the history of blacks in New York City from the arrival of New Amsterdam's first eleven in 1626 through the 1940s. These materials were compiled by the Writers' Program of the Works Project Administration from 1936 to 1941. The list of compilers and research assistants includes many prominent white and black writers of the early twentieth century: Everett Beanne, Waring Cuney, Ralph Ellison, Arthur Gary, Lawrence Gellert, Bella Gross, Abram Hill, Lawrence Jordan, Claude McKay, Carlton Moss, Richard Nugent, Carl Offord, Theodore Poston, Harry Robinson, J.A. Rogers, Floyd Snelson, Ellen Tarry, Simon Williamson, Ted Yates.

This collection of studies also illuminates such prominent figures as Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois, A. Philip Randolph, Father Divine, and Jack Johnson. In addition to providing sketches of Harlem, the collection sheds light on other historic New York places, such as Catherine Market, Five Points, and San Juan Hill.

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