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|Title:||The International Strategy of African American Women at the Columbian Exposition and Its Legacy: Pan-Africanism, Decolonization and Human Rights||Authors:||Vezzosi, Elisabetta||Issue Date:||2014||Publisher:||EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste||Source:||Elisabetta Vezzosi, "The International Strategy of African American Women at the Columbian Exposition and Its Legacy: Pan-Africanism, Decolonization and Human Rights", in: Guido Abbattista (edited by), “Moving Bodies, Displaying Nations National Cultures, Race and Gender in World Expositions Nineteenth to Twenty-first Century”, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2014, pp. 67-88||Abstract:||
The essay focuses on the international activism of African American women between
1893 and 1960 identifying it as an essential area of study, calling for the longue durée and
stressing the importance of the presence of African American women at the Columbian
Exposition in Chicago for understanding the origins of that activism and reconstructing
political networks that would endure many decades.
It seeks to respond at least in part to some critical questions: how did African American
women use Pan-Africanism as a resource in their battle for racial progress and gender
equality? What roles did these women play in the various Pan-African movements?
To what extent could they hold leadership positions within these movements, at least
during certain phases?
To do this it analyzes the foreign policy views of different African American Women
associations – the National Association of Colored Women, the International Council
of Women of the Darker Races, the National Council of Negro Women – and the
political experience of many of their leaders.
The participation of African American women in universal expositions, especially
the one in Chicago in 1893, has rarely been explored from the perspective of Pan-
Africanism. Yet this context can reveal much about the life experiences that interwove
with international ideas and public speeches and brought together women’s rights, the
creation of a global community of the ‘darker races’, anticolonialism, peace, social justice
and human rights.
|Appears in Collections:||Moving Bodies, Displaying Nations. National Cultures, Race and Gender in World Expositions 19th to 21st Century|
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