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For Reflecting Circle 2: The Literature of Reconstruction to the New Negro Renaissance, blog on any one of the reading assignments and respond to two of your classmates’ posts no later than February 10th at 3:30.

The blog entries should be a personal response to the reading assignment or major topic/author covered and should pose two questions or issues for further consideration. Tell how you felt about the reading, other issues that it raised for you, questions that remain unanswered, what it made you think about, etc. Essentially, the blog entry will focus the discussion of the assigned readings.

For a preview, listen to the video below of Billie Holiday’s rendition of “Strange Fruit” which helped to bring attention to the crime of lynching.


Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday



Billie Holiday \”Strange Fruit\” 

The Literature of the Reconstruction to the New Negro Renaissance, 1865-1919 Part I

[NA 541-554]  Introduction:  Literature of the Reconstruction to the New Negro Renaissance

[NA 676-686]  “A Red Record” Ida B. Wells

[NA 923-924]  “The Haunted Oak” Paul Laurence Dunbar

[NA 798-800]   “Brothers” James Weldon Johnson

[NA 1007] “If We Must Die” Claude McKay

[NA 1186] “Portrait in Georgia”  Jean Toomer

[NA 1299]  “Song for a Dark Girl” Langston Hughes

[NA 1263-1264]  “Sam Smiley” Sterling Brown

[NA 45]  “Strange Fruit”  Abel Meeropol

[NA 554-555 & 562-569] Charlotte Forten Grimke, “From Journal Three”

[NA 635-649] Anna Julia Cooper “Womanhood a Vital Element in the Regeneration and Progress of the Race”

[NA 570-572] Booker T. Washington

[NA 594-604] “Chapter XIV. The Atlanta Exposition Address” Booker T. Washington

 [NA 720-730] From The Souls of Black Folk: “VI. Of the Training of Black Men” W. E. B. DuBois



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