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Composition in Black and WhiteThe Life of Philippa Schuyler$
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Kathryn Talalay

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195113938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.001.0001

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Composition in Black and White

Kathryn Talalay

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses in the early life of Philippa Duke Schuyler. She was born during the Great Depression, on August 2, 1931, at her parent's home in Harlem. Her father, George Schuyler, was a black journalist for one of America's oldest black newspapers, making his absence a sad necessity to Philippa's early days. Her mother, Josephine Schuyler, however kept a detailed scrapbook of Philippa's development for George to see when he came home. Philippa's family lived in an apartment on the fourth floor of Park Lincoln, with Colonial Park near by and as a child, Philippa would spend many hours playing there. Philippa's birth was talked about in all the black newspapers. It was broadly known that she was the product of the first interracial celebrity marriage of the 20th century.

Keywords:   Great Depression, childhood, black journalist, interracial celebrity marriage, birth

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