This is a collection of lost stories about the Harlem Renaissance. They are the voices of ordinary people who came to Harlem to start new lives. They created a new culture, the first generation of African-Americans.
"To say Bascom has unearthed a buried treasure would be a cliche, but also correct."-- The Advocate, Stamford, CT"The precisely rendered testimony [in this book] . . . is by turns heartrending, enraging, strange, and hilarious."--The New Yorker"These are the ordinary folks of Harlem telling their storise in their voices . . . In short, this collection of long-lost work adds contrast, texture and realism to what undoubtedly remains the most creative time in black history."--St. Petersburg Times"Lionel Bascom has done yeoman service by uncovering these lost stories. [He] brings the truth of ordinary folk back into the spotlight."--Nikki Giovanni"A delightfully engaging and diverse portrait of an almost legendary black urban community."--Publisher's Weekly