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Harlem Renaissance

Resources About Places

Go to the Online Catalog to find books, articles and more at Memorial Library.

  • Use the catalog to look for titles on African American history or search for the names of particular places - Harlem itself or the Apollo Theater, for example.
  • Search on the general topic "Harlem Renaissance" to get a sense of the scope of the collection. Also search for titles on 20th century African American history or for general books on African American culture and institutions.
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Books About Harlem Renaissance Places

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Wallace Thurman's Harlem

Harlem: A Vivid Word Picture of the World's Greatest Negro City

American Monthly, May 1927

There is an urgence in the air, an urgence mad and rhythmic, an urgence inspiring folk to laugh and to walk, to smile and to loiter. Seventh Avenue is a hodge podge of color and forms, flowing along to the tune of jazz rhythms. Lenox Avenue is a defeated dung heap flung out to cover the subway underneath. Fifth Avenue is filthy and stark. Eight Avenue is dominated by the "L." St. Nicholas and Edgecombe are respectable and cold. Black America has a capital. Black America has a cosmopolitan center. Harlem is the capital of black America, and Harlem is rooted deeply in the granite cliffs of upper Manhattan. Harlem is not to be seen. Or heard. It must be felt.

Outside Harlem