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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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The Jim Crow Paradox

The Jim Crow Paradox

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(p.181) Chapter 11 The Jim Crow Paradox
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The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press
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Gerald Horne

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252041198.003.0012

This concluding chapter argues that the decline of forces represented by Paul Robeson meant that forces symbolized by Claude Barnett, who were surely interested in Pan-Africanism but also were seeking profitable investments, meant they were conflicting with African leaders like Kwame Nkrumah who had a socialist orientation; this was bound to create waves. Moreover, it was bound to undermine Associated Negro Press's (ANP) role as an honest broker or even as a cynical promoter of Washington's policies, all of which was hastening the agency's demise. Part of the paradox of Jim Crow was that as it eroded at a time when the Robesons were in retreat and the Nkrumahs of the world were ascending, conflict was bound to arise between Africans and African Americans, thus eroding too the global leverage that had been so instrumental in collapsing Jim Crow in the first place.

Keywords:   Paul Robeson, Claude Barnett, Pan-Africanism, Kwame Nkrumah, Associated Negro Press, Jim Crow, African Americans, Africans

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