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The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers

Brian Dolinar

Abstract

A major document of African American participation in the struggles of the Great Depression, The Negro in Illinois was produced by a special division of the Illinois Writers' Project, one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration programs. Headed by Harlem Renaissance poet Arna Bontemps and white proletarian writer Jack Conroy, The Negro in Illinois employed major black writers living in Chicago during the 1930s, including Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, Katherine Dunham, Fenton Johnson, Frank Yerby, and Richard Durham. The authors chronicled the Negroes' experience i ... More

Keywords: black writers, Great Depression, Illinois Writers' Project, Arna Bontemps, Jack Conroy, Chicago, Negroes, Illinois, Great Migration, Black Chicago Renaissance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037696
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037696.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Dolinar, editor
University of Illinois

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2. Slavery

Arna Bontemps

3. Abolition

Arna Bontemps

5. Lincoln and the Negro

Arna Bontemps

6. John Brown’s Friend

Arna Bontemps

8. Rising

Arna Bontemps

9. Churches

Arna Bontemps

10. Soldiers

Arna Bontemps

11. Business

Arna Bontemps

12. Work

Arna Bontemps

13. Iola

Arna Bontemps

15. The Exodus Train

Arna Bontemps

16. Slave Market

Arna Bontemps

17. Professions

Arna Bontemps

18. Health

Arna Bontemps

19. Houses

Arna Bontemps

22. Defender

Arna Bontemps

23. Politics

Arna Bontemps

25. And Churches

Arna Bontemps

26. Literature

Arna Bontemps

27. Music

Arna Bontemps

28. The Theater

Arna Bontemps

29. Rhythm

Arna Bontemps