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Proudly We Can Be AfricansBlack Americans and Africa, 1935-1961$
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James H. Meriwether

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780807826690

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807860410_meriwether

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IN WORLD WAR AND COLD WAR: Configuring Anticolonialism and Internationalism, 1941–1950

IN WORLD WAR AND COLD WAR: Configuring Anticolonialism and Internationalism, 1941–1950

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Proudly We Can Be Africans
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James H. Meriwether

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807860410_meriwether.6

This chapter examines African Americans' anticolonialism during war and postwar years. The rhetoric and changes of the war and immediate postwar years helped promote an expanded internationalist perspective among African Americans. They believed racial changes would occur globally and willingly identified with liberation struggles in Asia and Africa. However, this growing internationalist perspective reverted to a domestic focus in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It would take the force of African struggles achieving success, along with the demise of Mc-Carthyism and advances in the black freedom struggle in America, for African Americans once again to reshape their views.

Keywords:   African Americans, Africa, black Americans, liberation, independence

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