“End the Autocracy of Color”: African Americans and Global Visions of Freedom

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“End the Autocracy of Color”: African Americans and Global Visions of Freedom

Imperial & Global Forum (blog of the Centre for Imperial and Global History at the History Department, University of Exeter)

Keisha N. Blain, Assistant Professor of History
University of Iowa

John Q. Adams

Historically, black men and women in the United States frequently linked national and geopolitical concerns. Recognizing that the condition of black people in the United States was “but a local phase of a world problem,” black activists articulated global visions of freedom and employed a range of strategies intent on shaping foreign policies and influencing world events.

During the early twentieth century, John Q. Adams, an African American journalist, called on people of African descent to link their experiences and concerns with those of people of color in other parts of the globe. Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1848, Adams moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1886, where he became associate editor, and subsequent owner, of the Appeal newspaper. The paper’s debut coincided with key historical developments of the period including the hardening of U.S. Jim Crow segregation laws, the rising tide of anti-immigration sentiment, and the rapid growth of American imperial expansion overseas…

John Q. Adams, “End Autocracy of Color,” The Appeal, 4 January 1919

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