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Sidney Young, the Panama Tribune, and the Geography of Black Belonging

Putnam, Lara (2014) Sidney Young, the Panama Tribune, and the Geography of Black Belonging. In: American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2014 - January 2014, Washington DC. (Unpublished)

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As British Caribbean migrants moved outward from their home islands at the start of the twentieth century, they created a vibrant transnational culture. Central to it was a flourishing circum-Caribbean press, comprised of papers owned, edited, and read by men and women of color in Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica, Costa Rica—and Panama. Quotations and subscriptions linked readers at all these sites to the U.S. "Negro Press" of Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New York. The peripheral black press offered colonials of color a panoramic view of the evolving geopolitics of white supremacy: and a place to debate what could be done in response. One tireless campaigner in the circum-Caribbean press was Sidney Adolphus Young (b. Jamaica, 1898, d. Panama, 1959). Young nurtured an unprecedented flowering of black journalism in Panama as the editor of the Panama Times's "West Indian Page" from 1926 to 1927 and subsequently as founder and editor of the Panama Tribune, which he founded in 1928. For the next three decades, the Tribune under Young’s editorship would function both as a staging ground for local activism and as a window onto the wider "Coloured World."


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Putnam, Laralep12@pitt.eduLEP12
Date: 3 January 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Event Title: American Historical Association Annual Meeting
Event Dates: January 2014 - January 2014
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Panama, journalism, black, press, Caribbean, migration, anti-imperialism, black, internationalism, Panama, Tribune, Sidney, A., Young
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 14:18
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2017 05:56


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