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«The Brownies’ Book»: Inspiring Racial Pride in African-American Children

by Christina Schäffer (Author)
Thesis 536 Pages

Summary

‘The Brownies’ Book:’ Inspiring Racial Pride in African-American Children offers a descriptive analysis and interpretation of America’s first magazine for young African-Americans. Published by W.E.B. Du Bois in cooperation with Jessie Fauset and Augustus Granville Dill, the monthly hoped to foster a new African-American identity by (re)connecting «the children of the sun» with Africa, by turning them into proud Americans, and by educating them to be global citizens. The editors turned the crow into a positive symbol of blackness and provided photographs which proved that «black is beautiful» to increase the self-esteem of black youths. The magazine was a harbinger of the Harlem Renaissance and served as a creative outlet for many African-American writers and artists, among them many women.

Details

Pages
536
ISBN (PDF)
9783653019018
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631636909
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (September)
Tags
identity research Harlem Renaissance memory culture W.E.B. Du Bois Granville Dill, Augustus Ethiopianism
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 536 pp., 26 fig.

Biographical notes

Christina Schäffer (Author)

Christina Schäffer graduated from the University of Mainz in 2008 with a Master’s degree and the First Teacher’s State Exam in American and German Studies. She worked as a Foreign Language Assistant in England and studied at Washington College in Maryland. Between 2008 and 2011, she completed her PhD and is currently doing her teacher’s training.

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