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Gerald Horne: The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press: Claude Barnett’s Pan-African News and the Jim Crow Paradox

University of Illinois Press, Champaign, IL, 2017, 272 pp, Hardcover, $95.00, ISBN 978-0-252-04119-8
  • Denolyn CarrollEmail author
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“A new world will be won,” says Nelson Mandela in his recently published prison letters, “not by those who stand at a distance with their arms folded, but by those who are in the arena…” In The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press: Claude Barnett’s Pan-African News and the Jim Crow Paradox, renowned professor and prolific author Gerald Horne portrays Claude Barnett (1889–1967) as such a man. His proximity to and deep involvement with domestic and international issues and powers that be of his day not only helped promote his beloved Associated Negro Press (ANP) but also brought into stark relief much of the contradictory politics and cultural biases that still exist today, albeit with new players at the same old games.

In the book’s in-depth introduction, we meet a Barnett “delighted” to be “in West Africa, sitting at a small dinner table with the prime minister of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah…” (1). But Horne quickly puts this into perspective by noting that “Although [Barnett] is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pace UniversityNew YorkUSA

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