Robert A. Bone Collection
Professor Emeritus Robert Bone taught English at Teachers College, Columbia University from 1965-1990. He earned his B.A. in English (1945), A.M. (1949) and Ph.D. (1955) in American studies at Yale University where he also became a faculty member. Bone also taught at the University of California Los angels but for most of his career at Teachers College.
Professor Bone intellectual work focused on black literature throughout his life and was the one that coined the term the Chicago Renaissance to describe the dramatic flowering of African-American culture in Chicago in the 1930s and 40s. He was a featured lecturer at a symposium at Agnes Scott College where scholars from literature, musicology, women's studies and African-American studies gathered to examine the music, artists and literary figures of the Chicago Renaissance.
After the war, Robert was politically active in the socialist movement and became the National Secretary of the Young Peopleís Socialist League
(1946-1947.) His commitment to working people took him to Flint, Michigan where he became a member of the United Auto Worker's union and worked in a Buick factory (1947-1948.) During the early 1950s, Robertís personal and political commitment to social justice led him to the struggle for racial integration and to the study of Negro history and literature.
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