We have much to learn about the body of thought that jumped forward from a well-tempered and high-minded nationalism (see Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony) to the fierce and impatient work that followed. The before and after version is not satisfying. We need some devilin' on the details of modernism. Cue DJ Albert (Murray)?
In the meantime, let's just post some visual footnotes from the work of Richmond Barthé because there is not telling when you read R& exactly where Ellison came from, just hints that he came from everywhere.