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Title Black newspapers and America's war for democracy, 1914-1920 / William G. Jordan.
Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina, ©2001.


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Description 1 online resource (241 pages) : illustrations
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-225) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject World War (1914-1918)
African American press -- History -- 20th century.
African American newspapers -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Press coverage -- United States.
United States.
Genre Electronic book.
Contents Machine generated contents note: Introduction: Getting America Told -- Ch. 1 Abolitionists, Accommodations, and the New Negro, 1827-1914 -- Ch. 2 Preparing America for War, 1914-1917 -- Ch. 3 Damnable Dilemmas, 1917-1918 -- Ch. 4 Fine Philosophy of Democracy, 1917-1918 -- Ch. 5 New Negro's Message to America, 1918-1920 -- Conclusion: Toward a War for All the People, 1919-1945.
Summary 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.
Other Title Print version: Jordan, William G. Black newspapers and America's war for democracy, 1914-1920. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina, ©2001 0807826227