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        Ralph Ellison and the Black Arts Movement

        In this video from the American Masters film Ralph Ellison: An American Journey, scholars discuss conflicts between Ralph Ellison and the leaders of the Black Arts Movement.  Ellison was often criticized for prioritizing aesthetics over politics, putting him at odds with a younger generation of Black artists who had lost faith in the integrationist ideals of an earlier era.   

        For additional resources on Ralph Ellison: An American Journey and to purchase the complete DVD, visit California Newsreel.

        Visit the American Masters Collection for additional resources on Ralph Ellison and other American writers.

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