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May We Forever StandA History of the Black National Anthem$
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Imani Perry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469638607

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638607.001.0001

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The Bell Tolls for Thee

The Bell Tolls for Thee

War, Americana, and the Anthem

(p.110) Chapter Four The Bell Tolls for Thee
May We Forever Stand

Imani Perry

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter provides an analysis of the shifting political landscape of Black Americans in the context of World War II through the lens of Black media and other popular cultural forms. The socio political meaning of the anthem in this context diverges, and for the first time it is significantly engaged by the mainstream of American politics and media as well.

Keywords:   World War II, March on Washington Movement, The Star Spangled Banner, W.E.B. DuBois, Charles White, Addie Hunton, African American radio

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