|During Prohibition era New York, slumming whites flooded Harlem nightspots, where they lived out their desire for the exotic and the "uninhibited" souls of black folk. Exploring intraracial contestation over Harlem's geography of vice and leisure, this lecture explores how black Harlemites responded to this "white invasion" and how their responses constitute an aspects of New Negro politics. In the midst of this sea of whiteness, many black people suddenly found themselves to be treated as strangers within their own neighborhoods. Black Harlemites were pushed out, priced out, and even excluded from speakeasies and nightclubs in their own neighborhood. As Harlemites refashioned residential places for pay, play, and pleasure, seeking cultural authenticity and autonomy, others policed private space to recreate as sites of respectability and safety. By foregrounding intraracial conflict and cooperation, I endeavor to not only decenter Harlem as a site of interracial comity but also locate intraracial gender and labor conflict in public and private space as a way to think about how black folks understood the "political" in Harlem during the New Negro Era.|
Guest Speaker: Shannon King, Associate Professor of History, College of Wooster
Date: Feb. 25, 2016
Location: Ruth Dill Crockett Johnson (RDCJ) conference room, 162 Ryders Lane, 1st floor
Open to the Public
Please join the Rutgers-New Brunswick Department of American Studies for a discussion of "The American Dream Comes Home" with AMY OFFNER (Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania). Professor Offner will discuss the career of "aided self-help housing"--that is, government policies designed to help lower-income people become homeowners--during and after the War on Poverty. A major component of the Puerto Rican New Deal, aided self-help proliferated in Latin America before coming to the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. Offner shows how policy ideas moved back and forth between the United States and the developing world during the post-World War II era, and complicates some of the categories (such as "mixed economy" and "neoliberalism") we use to talk about social and economic reform. Response by JEFF DECKER (Rutgers University-New Brunswick).
Please email Sarah Schroeder (firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP and receive a copy of the paper.
"It’s a story Rutgers American Studies professor Angus Kress Gillespie has told hundreds of times: the legend of Mrs. Leeds, her family in the Pine Barrens, and the Jersey Devil.
It’s said that in 1735, Mother Leeds was pregnant with her 13th child. Her husband Daniel, though a good provider, was an uninvolved father."