In this classic work, first published in 1930, James Weldon Johnson, one of the leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance, Combined the skills of the historian, the social scientist, and the reporter to trace the New York black experience from the earliest settlements on Chatham Square during the pre-revolutionary period to the triumphant achievements of Harlem of the 1920s. But Black Manhattan is by no means simply an intimate account of the black theatrical and musical world of which Johnson had been a part; and it raises searching questions about the black people’s struggle to find their identity. Black Manhattan remains one of the essential books on the black American experience, losing none of its resonance and value after sixty years.
With an introduction by Sondra Kathryn Wilson.
Da Capo Press, 1991 (1930)