Claudrena N. Harold

Portrait of Claudrena N. Harold

A professor of history and African American studies at the University of Virginia, Claudrena N. Harold specializes in African American history, black cultural politics, and labor history. She is the author of The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South (2007), which chronicles the history of Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association from the perspective of black women and men living below the Mason-Dixon Line. Her latest book, No Ordinary Sacrifice: New Negro Politics in the Jim Crow South (2016) details how the development of New Negro politics and thought was shaped by people, ideas, organizations, and movements rooted in the South, bringing into full view the ways southern blacks not only validated the idea of the New Negro as a national phenomenon but also significantly informed and reshaped the contours of black nationality and class formation. She is currently coediting a collection of essays entitled "The Problem of Punishment: Race, Inequality, and Justice" and continues her exploration into the history and politics of African American music.

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