xiv, 312 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
9780807833124 cloth alkaline paper 0807833126 cloth alkaline paper
"In the 1930s, the Roosevelt administration--unwilling to antagonize a powerful southern congressional bloc--refused to endorse legislation that openly sought to improve political, economic, and social conditions for African Americans. Instead, as historian Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff shows, the administration recognized and celebrated African Americans by offering federal support to notable black intellectuals, celebrities, and artists. Sklaroff illustrates how programs within the Federal Arts Projects and several war agencies gave voice to such notable African Americans as Lena Horne, Joe Louis, Duke Ellington, and Richard Wright, as well as lesser-known figures. She argues that these New Deal programs represent a key moment in the history of American race relations, as the cultural arena provided black men and women with unique employment opportunities and new outlets for political expression. Equally important, she contends that these cultural programs were not merely an attempt to appease a black constituency but were also part of the New Deal's larger goal of promoting a multiracial nation. Yet, while federal projects ushered in creativity and unprecedented possibilities, they were also subject to censorship, bigotry, and political machinations." -- Publisher's description.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-299) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Ambivalent inclusion Hooked on classics The editor's dilemma Constructing G.I. Joe Louis Variety for the servicemen Projecting unity Epilogue.
KF4757 .S55 2009
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press,