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The Messenger Reader: Stories, Poetry, and Essays from the Messenger Magazine

by Wilson, Sondra Kathryn

  • ISBN: 9780375755392
  • ISBN10: 037575539X

The Messenger Reader: Stories, Poetry, and Essays from the Messenger Magazine

by Wilson, Sondra Kathryn

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • Publish date: 02/08/2000
  • ISBN: 9780375755392
  • ISBN10: 037575539X
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Description: The Messenger was founded in November 1917 by A. Philip Randolph and economist Chandler Owen. Randolph and Owen were staunch believers that socialism was the only form of government that would concern itself with the interests of black people. The magazine boasted of being "the only magazine of scientific radicalism in the world published by Negroes." The Messenger's advocacy of socialism was so great that in 1918, Randolph and Owen were arrested for violating the Espionage Act because of the magazines editorials. (The judge dropped the charges after being amazed that two black men could write so well.)

The Messenger had a political platform which was the spine of the magazine, from Langston Hughes' poem about steel mills to Claude McKay's famous anti-lynching poem, "If We Must Die, " which was written for the magazine. George Schuyler had a column "Shafts and Darts: A Page of Calumny and Satire" that was the precursor to his scathingly funny indictment of black leaders "Black No More." The magazine often criticized the NAACP and the Urban League for their imitation of white conventions. The Messenger unlike "Crisis" or "Opportunity" had a theater critic, Theophilus Lewis, on its staff, so they published theater reviews and commentaries on black theater during the Harlem Renaissance.

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