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Carlos Alamo-Pastrana

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062563

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062563.001.0001

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The Living Negro in Latin America

The Living Negro in Latin America

(p.61) 3 The Living Negro in Latin America
Seams of Empire

Carlos Alamo-Pastrana

University Press of Florida

A self-described “ex-nordic,” Southern liberal Harold Preece made labor and anti-racist organizing part of his life work. Between 1943 and 1946, Preece wrote two nationally syndicated columns in the Black press. The first, “The Living South,” sought to radically imagine a new racial order in the U.S. South built exclusively around class-based alliances between poor White and Black laborers. As part of his efforts at re-imagining what this new racial order might look like, Preece also wrote “The Negro in Latin America” at the same time. In this impressive and-never-before-analyzed series, Preece detailed the history, traditions, and politics of the Black diaspora in Latin America. Using Preece’s writings on Puerto Rico, this chapter argues that Preece hoped to model Latin American racial formations with those in the U.S. South. Driven by a form of White liberalism that desired a broad transnational, multi-racial, and class-based social movement, Preece romanticized and reduced race and labor relations in Latin America under the umbrella of racial democracy.

Keywords:   African American newspapers, White liberalism, labor, racial democracy

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