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14. Becoming Visible

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Paule Marshall - Selected Archive Items

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[4327] Anonymous, Slave Quarters on St. Georges Island, Florida (n.d.),
courtesy of the collection of The New-York Historical Society.
Slaves photographed in front of cabins near the Gulf of Mexico. Slave quarters throughout the South were similar in size and shape, but these cabins were built of "tabby," an aggregate of shells, lime, and sand more common to the Caribbean region. Contemporary writer Paule Marshall's work explores connections between her West Indian heritage and her Brooklyn upbringing.

[6715] Romare Bearden, The Return of Ulysses (1976),
courtesy of the Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Romare Bearden's paintings and collages distinguish him as one of the great artists in the twentieth-century African American aesthetic tradition. Derek Walcott's long poem Omeros is a Caribbean retelling of the Odysseus (Ulysses) myth, and Caribbean American author Paule Marshall's writing emphasizes the need for black Americans to reclaim their African heritage.

[7194] Samuel H. Gottscho, New York City Views. Financial District, Framed by Brooklyn Bridge (n.d.),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-G612-T01-21249].
River and New York City skyline. Hart Crane used the figure of the Brooklyn Bridge to represent modernization's unifying potential; some authors saw technology and urbanization as fragmenting.

[7641] Anonymous, NAACP Members Picketing Outside the Republic Theatre, New York City, to Protest the Screening of the Movie Birth of a Nation (1947),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-84505].
Despite the protests of civil rights groups, D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation achieved massive

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