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ERIC Number: ED098272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct-25
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
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The New Negro and the Ideological Origins of the Integrationist Movement.
Butler, Johnnella; Marable, Manning
The literature of the Negro Renaissance needs to be re-examined from the purview of the pervasiveness of the conflicts apparent in such literary themes as the tragic mulatto, the glorified and idealistic African past, the alienation from American culture, and an implied, and at times overt, self-hatred. The Renaissance literature reflects the reality of the Negro as he indeed perceived himself regardless of color--the reality of the psychological mulatto. Histroically, black scholars must re-evaluate the origins of the integrationist movement. Even now most refuse to ask themselves if it was relevant to the African-American working class laborers and farmers whether or not a few Negroes got "equal opportunity" to become part of white America. Literary and other cultural aspects of the black American experience must be employed in the historiography of analyzing such questions as: Who really wanted this struggle for total assimilation in white culture and economics? Why is it that the Negro intellectuals, until recently, refused to be associated with anything "black,""revolutionary," or "African?" Unfortunately, present-day New Negroes, building on the faulty foundations of the 1920's, retard advancement of the race and deny the establishment of a legitimate black historical tradition and black literary tradition. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Afro-Americna Life and History (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 1974)