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The Great War and the Culture of the New Negro
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The Great War and the Culture of the New Negro

Mark Whalan

Abstract

More than 200,000 African American soldiers fought in World War I, and returning troops frequently spoke of “color-blind” France. Such cosmopolitan experiences, along with the brutal, often desegregated no-man's-land between the trenches, forced African American artists and writers to re-examine their relationship to mainstream (white) American culture. The war represented a seminal moment for African Americans, and in the 1920s and 1930s it became a touchstone for such diverse cultural concerns as the pan-African impulse, the burgeoning civil rights movement, and the redefinition of black mas ... More

Keywords: African American soldiers, World War 1, color-blind France, culture, pan-African, civil rights, black masculinity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813032061
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032061.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Whalan, author
University of Exeter