The attached book review of Scott Nearing's Black America
was written by Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) on the eve of the Great Depression and it provides a very accurate account of that community.
"There are in the United States today, if statistics do not lie, some twelve million Negroes. The population of the Argentine is not so large, nor that of Holland, nor that of Sweden. Eight million of these dark Americans live in the South. In Georgia alone there are more than a million colored people...How do they live - these blacks in a country controlled by whites?"
Scott Nearing (1883 - 1983) is pictured above.
Ten years after this article appeared, 1,500,000 African-Americans would be unemployed and hungry click here to read about that...
You might also care to read this 1929 article by a European social critic who fully recognized African-Americans to be a unique cultural force in the world.
And a 1949 article about the racial integration of two college sororities can be read here...