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Afro-Americans in New York Life and History

The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America

Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America Pamela Fordham Till-Mobley, Mamie and Benson, Christopher. Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America. New York: Random House, 2003. “We cannot afford the luxury of self-pity. Our top priority now is to get on with the building process.” […]

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Freedom’s Journal: The First African-American Newspaper

Freedom’s Journal: The First African-American Newspaper Thomas D. Beal Jacqueline Bacon. Freedom’s Journal: The First African-American Newspaper. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007. Bibliography, notes, index. Pp. ix, 324. Cloth, $80.00. Paper, $29.95. In the 1820s and 1830s, African-Americans in New York State and especially New York City actively debated abolitionism and West African colonization. In […]

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The integration of the American Bowling Congress: the Buffalo experience

The integration of the American Bowling Congress: the Buffalo experience James H. Rigali Bowling, a highly interactive sport, was by 1945, a billion dollar industry that touched the lives of an estimated 12 to 16 million Americans. It had reached this status in great part due to its promotion by the U.S. Armed Forces during […]

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Art as propaganda: didacticism and lived experience

Art as propaganda: didacticism and lived experience Khaled Aljenfawi “Thus all art is propaganda and ever must be, despite the wailing of the purists … I do not care a damn for any art that is not used for propaganda”–Du Bois’ Criteria of Negro Art. (1) “What was about to break was not the dam […]

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a radical counterpoint to progressivism

Cyril Briggs and the African Blood Brotherhood: a radical counterpoint to progressivism Louis J. Parascandola The Progressive Era was generally an age of optimism. It was an age in which people believed that it was possible, through legislative reform, to correct societal ills such as poverty, racism, and sexism. However, at the same time, there […]