James Weldon Johnson: Black Manhattan (481 words)


Black Manhattan (1930) is a history of African American people in New York City, primarily in Harlem, from the seventeenth century through to the twentieth. Written by James Weldon Johnson while he held a Rosenwald fellowship during a lengthy sabbatical from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1929 and 1930, the book was the culmination of a plan Johnson had begun to work on as early as 1925, when he published an article on the subject.

Black Manhattan begins with the founding of New Amsterdam by the Dutch in 1626 when there were only eleven African Americans, all men, in the town. By the time slavery was abolished in the American state of New York in 1827, the black population had g…

Citation: Fleming, Robert E.. "Black Manhattan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 October 2003 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6340, accessed 24 October 2021.]

6340 Black Manhattan 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here