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The Great War and the Culture of the New Negro

Mark Whalan


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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Whalan, author
University of Exeter