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Brown BeautyColor, Sex, and Race from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II$
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Laila Haidarali

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479875108

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479875108.001.0001

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Sociological Discourses on Color, Class, and Gender, from Depression to World War II

Sociological Discourses on Color, Class, and Gender, from Depression to World War II

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(p.225) 6 Sociological Discourses on Color, Class, and Gender, from Depression to World War II
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Brown Beauty
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Laila Haidarali

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479875108.003.0006

This chapter daws on three published sociological works: Franklin E. Frazier’s, Negro Youth at the Crossways (1940), Charles S. Johnson’s, Growing Up in the Black Belt (1941), and Charles H. Parrish’s, Color Names and Color Notions (1946). These sociological views on color showed brown identity as an emergent social ideal and image of African America, and in varying degrees drew crucial connections of brownness to values associated with an ascendant middle-class status. These sociologists are presented as racial liberals who offered concrete and critical assessments of the rising idealization of brown complexions among African American youth coming of age between the Great Depression and World War II.

Keywords:   middle class, Franklin E. Frazier, Charles S. Johnson, Charles H. Parrish, class, racial liberals, African American youth, Great Depression, World War II

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