Ethiopia Is Now: J. A. Rogers and the Rhetoric of Black Anticolonialism during the Great Depression

@article{Putnam2008EthiopiaIN,
  title={Ethiopia Is Now: J. A. Rogers and the Rhetoric of Black Anticolonialism during the Great Depression},
  author={A. Putnam},
  journal={Rhetoric & Public Affairs},
  year={2008},
  volume={10},
  pages={419 - 444}
}
  • A. Putnam
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Rhetoric & Public Affairs
The Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 inspired grass roots political activism in black America. To understand how this foreign policy issue became such a pressing domestic concern for black Americans, this essay analyzes an influential interpretation of the crisis, a pamphlet by J. A. Rogers entitled The Real Facts About Ethiopia. I argue that Rogers's text critiques the nature of race under colonialism by illustrating how state boundaries and racial categories are coordinate, strategic… Expand
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