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To Turn the Whole World OverBlack Women and Internationalism$
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Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany M. Gill

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042317

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042317.001.0001

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Black Women’s Internationalism and the Chicago Defender During the “Golden Age of Haitian Tourism”

Black Women’s Internationalism and the Chicago Defender During the “Golden Age of Haitian Tourism”

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(p.55) Chapter 3 Black Women’s Internationalism and the Chicago Defender During the “Golden Age of Haitian Tourism”
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To Turn the Whole World Over
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Kim Gallon

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042317.003.0004

Between 1950 and 1952, during a period known as the “golden age of tourism” to Haiti, the Chicago Defender fostered black internationalism in Haiti that revolved around African American women. This form of black internationalism appeared in the Defender as a prizewinning trip to Haiti for winners of a popularity contest. This essay examines how the Defender used the popularity contests to simultaneously increase circulation and further African American economic development and investment goals in Haiti. The Defender used the winners’ trips to create a counter discourse to the challenges that everyday Haitians faced on a daily basis and the political issues that plagued the Haitian government. This narrative helped to facilitate a flow of business and political alliances between African Americans and Haitians.

Keywords:   Haiti, Chicago, Black press, Tourism, Leisure, Economics, Business, foreign affairs, politics

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