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About The weekly Negro world. [volume] (Cary, Miss.) 189?-19??
Cary, Miss. (189?-19??)
- The weekly Negro world. [volume] : (Cary, Miss.) 189?-19??
- Alternative Titles:
- Negro world
- Place of publication:
- Cary, Miss.
- Geographic coverage:
- Dates of publication:
- African American newspapers--Mississippi.
- African American newspapers.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00799278
- African Americans--Mississippi--Cary--Newspapers.
- African Americans.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00799558
- Cary (Miss.)--Newspapers.
- "A conservative political race journal---devoted to---politics, education, property, and moral elevation."
- Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
- Description based on: Vol., VII. No 13 (April 26, 1902); title from masthead.
- Latest issue consulted: Vol., VII. No 13 (April 26, 1902).
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The Weekly Negro World
United States Highway 61, known as the Blues Highway in its southern reaches, snakes through the Yazoo-Mississippi River Delta in western Mississippi where historically cotton was grown almost to the exclusion of every else. After the Civil War, large numbers of formerly enslaved African Americans, whose West African musical traditions form the root of modern American blues, provided cheap labor for growing and harvesting the crop. One stop on highway 61 in this land of the blues is the tiny lower Delta town of Cary where The Weekly Negro World began publication around May 1895.
The Weekly Negro World, also known as the Negro World, was both typical and unique for an early 20th century Mississippi newspaper geared towards an African American audience. At a time when most newspapers that targeted people of color were published by religious or fraternal organizations, the World read more like a commercial journal. However, like later mid-20th century African American papers, such as the Jackson Advocate and The Delta Leader, the World took a conservative approach to race relations. This outlook is evident in the masthead banner: "A Conservative Political Race Journal---Devoted---to Politics, Education, Property, and Moral Elevation." Another peculiarity was that the four-page weekly strove to have a national readership; it claimed subscriptions from the "United States, Canada, Hayti-Cuba and Porto Rico." The Negro World was the official organ of the Southern Negro Congress, a regional affiliate of the national African American Congress, and of the National Industrial Association. In the April 26, 1902, edition (Volume 7, Number 13), the only known extant issue, one notable item of national news was about the establishment of an American naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Also noted was the support of a stringent Chinese Exclusion Act by both Mississippi Senators; numerous Chinese communities existed in the Delta at the time. Despite the national outlook, many articles and advertisements focused on Mississippi, and the state capitol, Jackson. The Weekly Negro World supported conservative white politicians, Governor Andrew H. Longino and Senator Anselm J. McLaurin.
Provided by: Mississippi Department of Archives and History