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The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro PressClaude Barnett's Pan-African News and the Jim Crow Paradox$
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Gerald Horne

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041198

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252041198.001.0001

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Red Scare Rising

Red Scare Rising

(p.79) Chapter 5 Red Scare Rising
The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press

Gerald Horne

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores how Claude Barnett took a position as a kind of consultant with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington in 1942. At once the position brought him into closer contact with policymakers at a fraught moment and exposed him to a business—agriculture—that was ubiquitous globally. Moreover, part of his portfolio was arranging for the importation of labor from the Caribbean to plantations in Florida, which provided him with more contacts in a region where he already had established a toehold, specifically in Haiti. This then created a further opening for him to continue his own unique brand of Pan-Africanism, which had involved accumulating up-to-date intelligence (and news) and relentless networking. The succeeding years stretching until 1947 were to witness the expansion of the Associated Negro Press (ANP) and, concomitantly, Barnett's ever-lengthening list of business interests.

Keywords:   Claude Barnett, U.S. Department of Agriculture, agriculture, labor, Pan-Africanism, Associated Negro Press

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