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Mojo Workin'The Old African American Hoodoo System$
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Katrina Hazzard-Donald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037290

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037290.001.0001

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Black Belt Hoodoo in the Post–World War II Cultural Environment

Black Belt Hoodoo in the Post–World War II Cultural Environment

(p.156) 7 Black Belt Hoodoo in the Post–World War II Cultural Environment
Mojo Workin'

Katrina Hazzard-Donald

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the place of the black belt Hoodoo complex in the cultural environment after World War II, with particular focus on several contemporary root practitioners working in the old tradition. In the aftermath of World War II, the black community enjoyed both incentives and opportunities for continuing migration northward. Increased income intensified the movement away from old black belt traditions. Especially in the northern urban environment, marketeered Hoodoo would dominate in many black communities. This chapter considers how some African Americans came to view participation in old black belt Hoodoo traditions as incompatible with notions of “racial uplift.” It also discusses how marketeering outsiders interested in the commercial exploitation of Hoodoo reduced the visibility of workers of old tradition Hoodoo during the period. Finally, it assesses the influence of New World Pan-Africanism and popular black nationalism on old tradition Hoodoo.

Keywords:   black belt Hoodoo complex, Hoodoo, African Americans, racial uplift, commercial exploitation, New World, Pan-Africanism, black nationalism

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