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Invisible Man: History & Culture

Resources exploring the historical and cultural context of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.


Cultural Contexts


(What Did I Do to be So) Black and Blue (LYRICS), by Andy Razaf, performed by Louis Armstrong

"The Devil's Son-in-Law" by Peetie Wheatstraw


"No More Auction Block (Many Thousand Gone") - African American Spiritual, performed by Paul Robeson.  See the Sweet Chariot: Story of the Spirituals site for lyrics and information about the song.