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Harlem is Nowhere

Harlem is Nowhere

Author(s): Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Location(s): New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Historical

Era(s): 1900s onwards



For a century Harlem has been celebrated as the capital of black America, a thriving center of cultural achievement and political action. At a crucial moment in Harlem’s history, as gentrification encroaches, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts untangles the myth and meaning of Harlem’s legacy. Examining the epic Harlem of official history and the personal Harlem that begins at her front door, Rhodes-Pitts introduces us to a wide variety of characters, past and present. At the heart of their stories, and her own, is the hope carried over many generations, hope that Harlem would be the ground from which blacks fully entered America’s democracy.

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Extremely helpful for getting a background understanding of the history of Harlem, its people and its culture

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