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Author Ellis, Mark
Title Race, War, and Surveillance : African Americans and the United States Government during World War I
Imprint Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2001
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- One: African Americans and the War for Democracy, 1917 -- Two: The Wilson Administration and Black Opinion, 1917 -1918 -- Three: Black Doughboys -- Four: The Surveillance of African-American Leadership -- Five: W.E.B.Du Bois, Joel Spingarn, and Military Intelligence -- Six: Diplomacy and Demobilization, 1918 -1919 -- Seven: Conclusion -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index -- About the Author
In April 1917, black Americans reacted in various ways to the entry of the United States into World War I in the name of "Democracy." Some expressed loud support, many were indifferent, and others voiced outright opposition. All were agreed, however, that the best place to start guaranteeing freedom was at home.Almost immediately, rumors spread across the nation that German agents were engaged in "Negro Subversion" and that African Americans were potentially disloyal. Despite mounting a constant watch on black civilians, their newspapers, and their organizations, the domestic intelligence agents of the federal government failed to detect any black traitors or saboteurs. They did, however, find vigorous demands for equal rights to be granted and for the 30-year epidemic of lynching in the South to be eradicated. In Race, War, and Surveillance, Mark Ellis examines the interaction between the deep-seated fears of many white Americans about a possible race war and their profound ignorance about the black population. The result was a "black scare" that lasted well beyond the war years.Mark Ellis is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. June 2001256 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4, index, append. cloth 0-253-33923-5 39.95 s / £30.50 ContentsAfrican Americans and the War for Democracy, 1917The Wilson Administration and Black Opinion, 1917--1918Black DoughboysThe Surveillance of African American LeadershipW. E. B. Du Bois, Joel E. Spingarn, and Military Intelligence Diplomacy and Demobilization,
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Ellis, Mark Race, War, and Surveillance : African Americans and the United States Government during World War I Bloomington : Indiana University Press,c2001 9780253339232
Subject World War, 1914-1918 -- African Americans.;World War, 1914-1918 -- United States.;Political persecution -- United States -- History -- 20th century.;World War, 1914-1918 -- Participation, African American
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