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Title:African-Americans and the Italo-Ethiopian crisis, 1935-1936: the practical dimension of Pan-Africanism
Authors:Erhagbe, Edward O.ISNI
Ifidon, Ehimika A.ISNI
Periodical:Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:African Americans
Italo-Ethiopian War
international solidarity
External link:https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/aethiopica/article/view/187/158
Abstract:In a world where the Negro groped for recognition, Ethiopia (Abyssinia), with its ancient institutions and sovereignty virtually intact, was a symbol of racial pride and achievement. This Ethiopia, however, was invaded by Italy in 1935. It was a racial interpretation that the Negro world gave the Italian invasion. African-American interest in Africa, which hitherto had been romantic and sentimental, with the Italian invasion became practical, and in this case designed to strengthen Ethiopian resistance. In the end, the African-American contribution, though symbolically significant, was paltry. This can be accounted for by the relative poverty of African-Americans, and the time and cultural distance separating them from Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]