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Donal Harris

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231177726

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231177726.001.0001

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Printing the Color Line in The Crisis

Printing the Color Line in The Crisis

(p.61) Chapter 2 Printing the Color Line in The Crisis
On Company Time

Donal Harris

Columbia University Press

W.E.B. Du Bois’ and Jessie Fauset’s interest in new printing technologies – multigraphs, linotypes, and halftone reproduction – are crucial for understanding the political and aesthetic missions of The Crisis. They envision the magazine as both constituting and creating an archive of a national African American intellectual community; at the same time Du Bois' essays, Fauset's fiction, and Frank Walt's illustrations thematize the technological and political roadblocks for establishing a recognizably black print culture in the 1910s and 1920s.

Keywords:   African American print culture, media technology, The Crisis, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jessie Fauset, Frank Walts

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