Negrophiliacs or Not?

There are almost as many cultural interpretations of negrophilia in the 1920s as there pieces of information available about Josephine Baker and performances of La Revue Nègre in particular. There were some positive responses, a few fence-riders, and clearly very...

Two-dimensional Views of History

  The great responsibility of a historian is to ask questions to which there are no correct answers. Did the 1920s Parisians love, respect and celebrate African Americans artists? Or did their racist view ultimately meant that what they experienced was something...

Negrophilia and the Cruciality of Context

Crucial to any discussion of a historical cultural phenomenon is an acute awareness of the myriad factors at play within the context in which the phenomenon occurred. While we may be shocked into a moment of rage upon our first read of such accounts of La Revue Negre...