The Negro Digest: Race, Exceptionalism and the Second World War

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This article examines the border-crossing journalism of the Negro Digest, a leading African American periodical, published from 1942 to 1951. The first title produced by the Johnson Publishing Company, the Digest had an international focus that connected Jim Crow to racial oppression around the world. However, while the magazine challenged white supremacy on a local and global level, its patriotic tone and faith in American democracy occasionally restricted its global analysis of racism. Ultimately, the internationalism of the Negro Digest was quintessentially American – wedded to the exceptional status of American freedom and an overriding belief that the US could change the world for the better.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-389
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of American Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018

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