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Germans and African AmericansTwo Centuries of Exchange$
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Larry A. Greene and Anke Ortlepp

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737844

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737844.001.0001

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Louis Douglas and the Weimar Reception of Harlemania

Louis Douglas and the Weimar Reception of Harlemania

(p.50) Louis Douglas and the Weimar Reception of Harlemania
Germans and African Americans

Leroy Hopkins

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the German society’s fascination with black musical entertainment, focusing on Louis W. Douglas (1889–1939). Douglas, a native of Philadelphia, came to Paris in 1925 with his dancing partner, Josephine Baker, in the popular La Revue Nègre, and went on to establish a successful musical career and film career in Germany. He appeared in such German films as Einbrecher (1930) and Niemandsland (1931), receiving his greatest critical acclaim for his role in the latter. Douglas’s iconic status in Germany was symptomatic of what is known as “Harlemania,” a receptivity for the cultural productions of African Americans connected to the movement termed Harlem Renaissance.

Keywords:   entertainment, Louis W. Douglas, Josephine Baker, La Revue Nègre, Germany, films, Niemandsland, Harlemania, African Americans, Harlem Renaissance

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