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Along the Streets of BronzevilleBlack Chicago's Literary Landscape$
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Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037825

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037825.001.0001

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From Black Belt to Bronzeville

From Black Belt to Bronzeville

(p.1) Chapter 1 From Black Belt to Bronzeville
Along the Streets of Bronzeville

Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach

University of Illinois Press

This chapter traces the complex interplay of race, geography, and cultural criticism that permeated the Renaissance as a whole. Beginning with the categorization of the neighborhood as the Black Belt and ending with heralding itself as “Bronzeville,” the chapter examines the interaction of newly arrived migrants with previously settled African Americans that bloomed into an exciting community. It specifically analyzes two popular intersections in the South Side of Chicago—the “Stroll” district (the intersection of 35th and State Streets) during the early 1920s, and the intersection at 47th and South Parkway. This intersection, along with the Stroll, served as foundations and sources of work for famed African American musicians, artists, and writers, such as Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Gwendolyn Brooks.

Keywords:   Bronzeville, Black Belt, South Side, Stroll district, African American artists, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, African American musicians, African American writers

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