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Invisible Hawkeyes : African Americans at the University of Iowa during the long civil rights era / edited by Lena M. Hill and Michael D. Hill.

  • Iowa City : University Of Iowa Press, [2016]
  • ©2016
x, 230 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary note:
"Between the 1930s and 1960s, the University of Iowa sought to assert its modernity, cosmopolitanism, and progressivism through an increased emphasis on the fine and performing arts and athletics. This enhancement coincided with a period when an increasing number of African American students arrived at the university, from both within and outside of the state, seeking to take advantage of its relatively liberal racial relations and rising artistic prestige. The presence of accomplished African American students performing in musical concerts, participating in visual art exhibitions, acting on stage, publishing literature, and competing on sports fields forced white students, instructors, and administrators to confront their undeniable intellect and talent. Unlike the work completed in traditional academic units, these students' contributions to the university community were highly visible and burst beyond the walls of their individual units and primary spheres of experience to reach a much larger audience on campus and in the city and nation beyond the university's boundaries. By examining the quieter collisions between Iowa's polite midwestern progressivism and African American students' determined ambition, Invisible Hawkeyes focuses attention on both local stories and their national implications. By looking at the University of Iowa and a smaller midwestern college town like Iowa City, this collection reveals how fraught moments of interracial collaboration, meritocratic advancement, and institutional insensitivity deepen our understanding of America's painful conversion into a diverse republic committed to racial equality. SUBJECTS COVERED Edison Holmes Anderson, George Overall Caldwell, Elizabeth Catlett, Fanny Ellison, Oscar Anderson Fuller, Michael Harper, James Alan McPherson, Herbert Franklin Mells, Herbert Nipson, Thomas Pawley, William Oscar Smith, Mitchell Southall, Margaret Walker CONTRIBUTORS Dora Martin Berry, Richard M. Breaux, Kathleen A. Edwards, Lois Eichaker, Brian Hallstoos, Lena M. Hill, Michael D. Hill, Dianna Penny, Donald W. Tucker, Ted Wheeler"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-214) and index.
Hidden names and complex fates : Black students who integrated the University of Iowa / Lena M. Hill -- "Excellent work and superior traits of personality" : composing an integrated music department / Brian Hallstoos -- I never thought of myself as an outsider / Dianna Penny -- The fine art of representing Black heritage: Elizabeth Catlett and Iowa, 1938-1940 / Kathleen A. Edwards -- A different kind of beauty contest / Dora Martin BerryTestimonial -- Staging Authentic African American character : regionalism, race, and UI theatre / Lena M. Hill -- Iowea was one more step toward my future / Lois Eichaker -- Obscured traditions : Blacks at the Iowa Writers' Workshopper, 1940-1965 / Michael D. Hill -- Going the distance / Theodore "Ted" Wheeler -- "Tireless partners and skilled competitors" : seeing UI's Black male athletes, 1934-1960 / Richard M. Breaux -- Two-edged sword / Don Tucker -- Conclusion : an indivisible legacy : Iowa and the conscience of democracy / Michael D. Hill.
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