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Black and Conservative

Kathryn Talalay

in Composition in Black and White

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780195113938
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853816 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.003.0012
Black and Conservative

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Philippa's 11th birthday theme was wartime, she and her mother entertained black soldiers and their dates. Many blacks at that time supported the “Double V” campaign: Victory at Home, Victory Abroad. However, unlike her daughter and wife, George didn't support the campaign and advised his countrymen not to join the European war. Philippa's parents had always shielded her from evident racism, and to balance a world of racial prejudice her parents tried to encourage a feeling of personal security by giving her a close family life. When her school books told her that Africans were savage, uncultured, and wild, Philippa would think about the books in her father's library that described been slave revolts where a quarter of a million Negroes served in the Union Army. She also read that Abraham Lincoln himself had said that the war could not have been won without them.

Keywords: wartime; Double V; European war; racism; personal security; Africans

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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