My reading over the past few days, (George Hutchinson’s The Harlem Renaissance in Black and White) has thrown some light on a theme in my field lists whose presence I wouldn’t previously have recognized: American pragmatism. Hutchinson argues that pragmatist philosophy suffused the interracial institutions which sustained the Renaissance (such as the NAACP), and that many of the period’s key texts betray a pragmatist influence. This influence also extended to institutions of the Left, such as Max Eastman’s Masses. While doing a bit of digging on the subject online, I stumbled across this short review essay by Michael Denning on two important recent works on the relationship between pragmatism and American Marxism. Well worth reading.