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Gerald Early writes in the introduction to "Ain't But a Place": An Anthology of African American Writings about St. Louis, "An impressive amount of artistic energy is generated in St. Louis, and the source of a good deal of that energy is its African American citizenry." Although the majority of writers and entertainers left St. Louis "to engage their muse and quarrel withGerald Early writes in the introduction to "Ain't But a Place": An Anthology of African American Writings about St. Louis, "An impressive amount of artistic energy is generated in St. Louis, and the source of a good deal of that energy is its African American citizenry." Although the majority of writers and entertainers left St. Louis "to engage their muse and quarrel with American culture from another location," the experience gained from the St. Louis region has remained prominent in the expressions. "Ain't But a Place" captures voices that comprise the African American experience in St. Louis over the past two hundred years. This rich collection spans a variety of genres to include the words of such notables as freed slaves and abolitionists William Wells Brown and Lucy Delaney, sports greats Bob Gibson, Henry Armstrong, and Jackie Joyner Kersee; entertainers Dick Gregory, Miles Davis, Chuck Berry, and Tina Turner; and writers Eddy Harris, Ntozake Shange, Quincy Troupe, and Eugene Redmond."Ain't But a Place" makes ideal reading for the student of African American culture, as well as anyone interested in the formative experiences of some of this regions most influential individuals....

Title : "Ain't But a Place": An Anthology of African American Writings about St. Louis
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ISBN : 9781883982270
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 544 Pages
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"Ain't But a Place": An Anthology of African American Writings about St. Louis Reviews

  • Dave
    2019-05-13 04:11

    As a 15 year resident of St. Louis, but not a native, there were a lot of insights to be gained from this book. The majority of the writings (perhaps 3/4) are non-fiction and begin with the earliest days of St. Louis. Gaining a glimpse into the racial tensions that have always been present in St. Louis due to its population of both free African-Americans and slaves was very thought-provoking. More enraging, but still enlightening, were the accounts of race-based violence and continual shunting aside of black citizens, and even whole black neighborhoods, by the City and region over the years. Sure, it's told from one side, but it's a side that has generally been silenced by time, and this history underlies much of the tension that exists now. A very valuable read for those interested in beginning to understand race relations in St. Louis today.

  • Frank
    2019-04-23 03:01

    This valuable compendium provides a much-needed perspective on St. Louis and its history.