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The Black Chicago Renaissance$
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Darlene Clark Hine and John McCluskey Jr.

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037023

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037023.001.0001

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The Defender Brings You the World

The Defender Brings You the World

The Grand European Tour of Patrick B. Prescott Jr.

(p.57) Chapter 4 The Defender Brings You the World
The Black Chicago Renaissance

Hilary Mac Austin

University of Illinois Press

This chapter traces the European journey of Patrick B. Prescott Jr. and his wife as chronicled in the pages of the Chicago Defender in 1934, showing simultaneously how the paper facilitated the nationalization of African Americans in the United States and opened windows onto international experiences and events. Identities are relational, and the process of becoming metropolitan required not only local consciousness but international awareness. In terms of identity formation, the trek of black southerners to Chicago during the 1920s was as complicated a process and practice as it must have been to leave the known confines of the United States to find meaning and fresh experiences in European capitals during the 1930s.

Keywords:   Patrick B. Prescott Jr., Chicago Defender, African Americans, nationalization, metropolitan, international awareness, black southerners

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