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Eric WalrondA Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean$
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James Davis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157841

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157841.001.0001

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New York (1918–1923)

New York (1918–1923)

(p.41) 3 New York (1918–1923)
Eric Walrond

James Davis

Columbia University Press

This chapter details Walrond's life as a young man adjusting to life in Prohibition-era New York. He had moved into the Brooklyn home of his aunt, Julia King Nichols, in her neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant—an enclave for West Indians. Despite achieving some sense of the familiar among his fellow West Indians, Walrond would undergo a difficult transition to the unfamiliar customs and culture of New York, even as he would eventually devote himself to journalism. He gave expression to a common experience among West Indian immigrants, who were often directed into menial labor and predominantly black neighborhoods. When Walrond grew exasperated in print at the narrow horizon of opportunity for black New Yorkers, he was of course expressing the injustices of Jim Crow but more specifically voicing a sense of outrage among West Indian immigrants.

Keywords:   Prohibition era, New York, Julia King Nichols, Brooklyn, West Indian immigrants, black New Yorkers, journalism

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