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Deferred Dreams, Defiant StrugglesCritical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging, and Civil Rights$
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Violet Showers Johnson, Gundolf Graml, and Patricia Williams Lessane

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940339

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940339.001.0001

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Beyond the Ethnographic Other: Pan-African Activism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Beyond the Ethnographic Other: Pan-African Activism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

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(p.33) 3 Beyond the Ethnographic Other: Pan-African Activism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
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Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles
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Thomas E. Smith

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786940339.003.0003

Chapter details how the proliferation of imperial progressivism in transatlantic reformer discourse was seized upon by Pan-African activists at the turn of the twentieth century, in order to challenge the harsh dichotomy of the ethnographic other, claim subjectivity for African peoples, and invoke a host of expansive rights central to valid and meaningful participation in modern society. It also briefly discusses Pan-Africanism during the interwar years, notably the participation of many activists in a burgeoning transatlantic print culture. The chapter argues that while turn-of-the-century Pan-African activism did not stop imperialism, racialized violence, paternalism, or crass racism, it did establish a recognisable transatlantic network which helped to keep alive the promise of humanist equality and laid the groundwork for later activism that continued to challenge its deferment.

Keywords:   Pan-African activism, The ethnographic Other, Imperial progressivism, White supremacy, The American Negro Exhibition 1900, Paternalism, Greater Britain Exhibition 1899, The London Pan-African Conference 1900, The Buffalo Pan-American Exposition 1901, Racial difference

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