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The New Negro 10/9/07 In Nell Irvin Painter’s book entitled, “Creating Black Americans,” he describes the “New Negro” as someone who was self-confident, urban, and Northern. Painter then contrasts the New Negro with that of old by saying how they were depicted as Southern, inferior, and with deference to whites. On page 191 of his book, there is a picture that displays the dramatic change in the African Americans following the Great Migration of African Americans to the north, and expressing many of the important themes of the New Negro. The painting displays a small area in the south side of Chicago. The area in the painting appears to be dominated by African Americans, which is a proper depiction considering about 200,000 blacks had moved to the North between the times of 1890 and 1900. It is astonishing how quickly blacks were able to settle and quickly become self- made, self-sufficient business owners and civilians. The picture shows an ordinary man
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Unformatted text preview: who appears to have been working all day. It shows couples dressed in nice garments strolling down the streets. A black policeman is serving as a traffic cop in the bustling streets, as black taxi drivers and other automobile owners drive to their destinations. The scene depicted in this painting is a direct representation of what it meant to be a “New Negro”. They were able to do things that would have been unheard of in the south. For example, the streets in the painting are lined with black-owned businesses such as hotels and drug stores. There are no segregation signs, or anything of that sort. No signs of despair or agony show on the faces of the citizens; however, the people in the picture seem to be carrying themselves with confidence and hope. They seem to be accustomed to the freedom that they have in the city of Chicago, as if slavery and exploitation never existed. The painting is a true display of a “New Negro”....
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