This book was originally published in 1943 with the title "New World A-Coming: Inside Black America." Roi Ottley won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction in 1944 for "New World A-Coming: Inside Black America."
An Excerpt from the review of the book in the New York Times, August 10, 1943
From Books of the Times
by John Chamberlain
THIS is a war for democracy," says the anti-Hitler white American. “Brother,” said the Negro, “I'm going to hold you to that.”
The Negro's tone is polite. But it is firm. Both the firmness and the politeness are in Roi Ottley's "New "World A-Coming: Inside Black America," which started out to be a book about Harlem and ended up by becoming a book about the Negro's position in wartime America. Mr. Ottley, who spent seven years covering Harlem as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Amsterdam Star News, knows both his home locale and the wider implications of his subject. He writes a vigorous prose, mingling history, humor, irony, drama and sober reflection in a work that explains the current status and the wholly reasonable demands of the Negro as no other book does.
In 1900 Harlem was a cheerful neighborhood of broad drives, brownstone fronts and quiet, almost suburban aloofness. Its small Negro population consisted of the black aristocracy, including Bert Williams, the actor, and Harry T. Burleigh, the composer. As the little Negro community expanded, racial warfare broke out, a war that the white real estate men were winning up to the time when the Pennsylvania Railroad, seeking a site for a new central terminal, paid $510,000 in cash for a Negro church in the Thirty-third Street district With this money Negroes bought thirteen large apartment houses on 135th Street near Lenox Avenue, and the modern history of Harlem had begun.
Mr. Ottley traces that history in all its tumultuous ramifications. Harlem is colored. But color in Harlem is infinitely subdivided, with African, Mongolian, European, Indian and Latin-American mixtures making the place an anthropologist's despair
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|Size: ||3.8 MB|
|Publisher: ||Ebooks for Students, Ltd.|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9780997672411 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|