Black Newspapers and America's War for Democracy, 1914-1920 / Edition 1

Black Newspapers and America's War for Democracy, 1914-1920 / Edition 1

by William G. Jordan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807849367

ISBN-13: 9780807849361

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

During World War I, the publishers of America's crusading black newspapers faced a difficult dilemma. Would it be better to advance the interests of African Americans by affirming their patriotism and offering support of President Wilson's war for democracy in Europe, or should they demand that the government take concrete steps to stop the lynching, segregation,

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During World War I, the publishers of America's crusading black newspapers faced a difficult dilemma. Would it be better to advance the interests of African Americans by affirming their patriotism and offering support of President Wilson's war for democracy in Europe, or should they demand that the government take concrete steps to stop the lynching, segregation, and disfranchisement of blacks at home as a condition of their participation in the war?

This study of their efforts to resolve that dilemma offers important insights into the nature of black protest, race relations, and the role of the press in a republican system. William Jordan shows that before, during, and after the war, the black press engaged in a delicate and dangerous dance with the federal government and white America—at times making demands or holding firm, sometimes pledging loyalty, occasionally giving in.

But although others have argued that the black press compromised too much, Jordan demonstrates that, given the circumstances, its strategic combination of protest and accommodation was remarkably effective. While resisting persistent threats of censorship, the black press consistently worked at educating America about the need for racial justice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807849361
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Getting America Told1
Ch. 1Abolitionists, Accommodations, and the New Negro, 1827-191410
Ch. 2Preparing America for War, 1914-191736
Ch. 3Damnable Dilemmas, 1917-191868
Ch. 4A Fine Philosophy of Democracy, 1917-1918107
Ch. 5The New Negro's Message to America, 1918-1920134
Conclusion: Toward a War for All the People, 1919-1945163
Notes169
Select Bibliography213
Index227

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