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Black Manhood and Community Building in North Carolina, 1900–1930$
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Angela Hornsby-Gutting

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032931

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032931.001.0001

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“Let the white man put himself in the negro's place”

“Let the white man put himself in the negro's place”

Black Men Navigate the Terrain of Race Ambassador

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Black Manhood and Community Building in North Carolina, 1900–1930
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Angela Hornsby-Gutting

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032931.003.0004

This chapter explores the institutional efforts of North Carolina's leading black men to promote racial pride, progress, and a dignified manhood within the black race while fostering interracial dialogue with whites. Though black men dominated the public events as spokespersons, black women played critical roles in these communal enterprises. Interracial gatherings at Emancipation Day and state fair events spoke simultaneously to black and white audiences, often producing multiple and conflicting messages about the meaning of racial progress and equality. Over time, strategies for racial progress within these institutions evolved from a philosophy that emphasized good feelings between the races to one that endorsed more militant and uncompromising approaches. The self-help leadership preferred by men such as Charles Hunter thus fell into disfavor after World War I and the rise of New Negro ideology in the 1920s.

Keywords:   black men, African American men, racial pride, racial progress, manhood, interracial dialogue

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