Mercy, Mercy Me: African-American Culture and the American Sixties

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Oxford University Press, 19 paź 2001 - 304
Using an interdisciplinary approach, this book argues that American artistry in the 1960s can be understood as one of the most vital and compelling interrogations of modernity. James C. Hall finds that the legacy of slavery and the resistance to it have by necessity made African Americans among the most incisive critics and celebrants of the Enlightenment inheritance. Focusing on the work of six individuals--Robert Hayden, William Demby, Paule Marshall, John Coltrane, Romare Bearden, and W.E.B. DuBois--Mercy, Mercy Me seeks to recover an American tradition of evaluating the "dialectic of the Enlightenment."

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AfricanAmerican Antimodernism and the American Sixties
Mourning Song Robert Hayden and the Politics of Memory
Modern Doubt to Antimodern Commitment Paule Marshall and William Demby
Meditations John Coltrane and Freedom
The Prevalence of Ritual in an Age of Change Romare Bearden
WEB Du Bois and Dedication to the Dead
Whats Going On? The Most Truly Modern of All People
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