I Lay This Body Down: The Transatlantic Life of Rosey E. Pool (Politics and Culture in the Twentieth-Century South #31) (Hardcover)

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Rosey E. Pool (1905-71) did not live an ordinary life. She witnessed the rise of the Nazis in Berlin firsthand, tutored Anne Frank, operated in a Jewish resistance group, escaped from a Nazi transit camp, published African American poets in Europe, operated a London "salon" with her partner, witnessed independence movements in Nigeria and Senegal, and took part in the American civil rights movement. I Lay This Body Down is the first study of Pool and her remarkable transatlantic life.

A translator, educator, and anthologist of African American poetry, Pool corresponded, after World War II, with Langston Hughes, W. E. B. Du Bois, Naomi Long Madgett, Owen Dodson, Gordon Heath, and others who fostered her involvement in the Black Arts Movement, both in Britain and the United States. Though Pool was often cast as an outsider--one poet was amazed that "one so removed" was interested in the Black cause--she saw herself as part of a transatlantic struggle against oppression. For Pool, the "yellow Jew stars" the Nazis forced her to wear "were our darker skins."

Rosey E. Pool's life allows Lonneke Geerlings to explore intersections of European and American history. As a Holocaust survivor and activist fighting against segregation in the Deep South, Pool connects stories that are often studied and told in isolation. Her life helps us understand the intersecting histories of Jewish Europe and Black America, but it also allows us to see how Pool dealt with tragedy, trauma, and loss. At its core, this book is about resilience and hope. Indeed, Pool's life illuminates the power of reinvention for dealing with both challenging personal circumstances and the traumas of global history.

About the Author

LONNEKE GEERLINGS is an independent researcher and a Policy Officer at Stichting UvO who took her Ph.D. from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. She lives on the North Sea coast in the Netherlands.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780820362076
ISBN-10: 0820362077
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: July 15th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Politics and Culture in the Twentieth-Century South