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Published: 06 January 1994

320 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195086041

Bookseller Code (06)

Going through the Storm

The Influence of African American Art in History

Sterling Stuckey

Offering a compelling look at one of the world's richest cultural traditions, Sterling Stuckey traces the fertile legacy of African American art from its roots in tribal myth, through its blossoming in slave music and dance, to its fruition in the great gospel-singing movements of the 1960s. In a series of engaging, lucidly written essays, Going through the Storm covers the entire spectrum of African American culture presenting a new look at the foundations of black nationalism and the civil rights movement within the context of slavery and slave music. In an eloquent reflection on Paul Robeson, he shows how black art has reached across the boundaries of race to touch most of humanity. Writing of Herman Melville, he demonstrates importance of African culture in history--and the reciprocal relationship of history to African culture. Frederick Douglass is presented for the first time as major theorist of African American culture, one whose thought is profoundly relevant to our current debates on culture and race. And, perhaps most important, Stuckey explains that because black artists have been deeply interested for so long in the question of oppression, their art is of particular use to historians. Timely, readable, and often moving, this provocative volume provides students of African American Studies a new vantage point from which to view the entire landscape of American culture.