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The author of the book: Tyler Stovall
Language: English
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The size of the: 6.64 MB
Edition: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of issue: June 11th 2012
ISBN: 1469909065
ISBN 13: 9781469909066
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This book describes in great detail the historical trend of groups of African Americans during World War I, World War ll, and post war years. After the war several artists, musicians, GI's, and writers spent time in Paris to escape the binds of American racism in the United States. The book is divided into the following chapters; Freedom Overseas: African American soldiers fight the great war, Bringing the Jazz age to Paris, Depression and war: Paris in the 1930's, Life on the left bank, the golden age of african american literature in Paris, new perspectives on race, and African Americans in Paris today.

The two groups of African Americans in Paris was a result of the war and seeking exile from American racism, artists were able to become successful in both Europe and America because of the large group of intellectuals and like Black American expatriates, also during these two periods of time Parisians first saw American blacks as exotic and less than themselves, however during the second period of American black expatriates Parisians saw American blacks as equal people and equal intellectuals. During the war famous American blacks in Paris included; Josephine Baker, Chester Himes, Louis Armstrong, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, among others. In the later chapters we discover that the end of 1920's and 1930's and other periods are dominated by the end of legendary writers, artists, and musicians. We also see that though Paris and France appear to be color blind, that's not entirely correct since French immigrants and blacks are treated cruelly, like how American blacks were treated. What we learn in the final chapter is that places like clubs, music halls, and American black restaurants are the places where generations of black expatriates form their communities. American black expatriates created "communities" which was stronger during the war years with renown artists, musicians, writers both across Europe and the United States. Even though these legendary figures knew fellow such American black figures they didn't always know one another. However as the years progressed the American black community spread but these expatriates were more modern and students who didn't come to Paris to reside but for short stays. The book goes to great length in differentiating the three different periods of black American expatriates. Even though these black Americans choose exile from American racism, but they kept current and engaged in the black struggle in the U.S. Such figures choose to engage themselves with the black struggle through their literary works; novels,articles, short stories, and poems. For the most part most these figures chose to annually or more than once a year to return visiting and engaging in the black struggle movement in the U.S. This is a great book for understanding how the black diaspora formed. If your looking for a book about the African American experience abroad specifically in Paris use this as a guidebook in conjunction with Michel Farbe's From Harlem to Paris. Which are general introductions to the African American experience in Paris.


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