Title page, The New Negro: an interpretation, edited by Alain Locke, book decoration and portraits by Winold Reiss, 1925.
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Credit: Courtesy of the NYPL digital gallery, New York Public Library

In 1925, Alain Locke published The New Negro, an anthology of essays that introduced the world to the pathbreaking art and writings of an emerging generation of African Americans.  In it, Locke contrasted the "Old Negro" who had come of age after the end of slavery in 1865 with the more assertive and self-confident "New Negro" who was emerging following World War I and the Great Migration to northern cities.

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