Rediscovering Southern Garveyism
Garveyism was an ideology spread by Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican of African ancestry, during World War I while promoting the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) as a global organization with the mission to address racial problems affecting millions of people in the African diaspora. Born in 1887 in St. Ann's Bay, a town in the British West Indian colony of Jamaica, Garvey successfully connected with thousands of laboring blacks around the world, particularly in the United States. After Garvey was deported from the United States in 1927, Garveyism continued to occupy a central role in popular black nationalism and in many other strands of contemporary black thought. This book explores how Garveyism remained very popular and became a catalyst to movements that emerged despite the UNIA's demise in the 1930s. By focusing on UNIA supporters in the rural South, the book sheds light on Garvey's legacy and the importance of the UNIA and its ideals to the intellectual history of African Americans during a period of dramatic demographic, economic, and social transformation.
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