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Racial Politics and Protest in Early Twentieth-Century Denver

"Defend Your Manhood and Womanhood Rights": The Birth of a Nation, Race, and the Politics of Respectability in Early Twentieth-Century Denver, Colorado 

Modupe Labode

Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 84 No. 2

The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of The Birth of a Nation. This article analyzes African Americans' protest against the movie in Denver in 1915 and the protests's impact on the May 1916 municipal election, in which African Americans shifted their support from the Republican to the Democratic mayoral candidate. This essay contributes to the scholarship on African American activism during "the long civil rights movement" and the role of the idea of respectability in that activism. This essay first argues that protests against this film had political as well as cultural significance. African Americans' political activism in the West furthers our knowledge of black activism in the early twentieth century. Finally, this essay contributes to understanding the local roots of African Americans' shift from the Republican to the Democratic Party during the early twentieth century. See More

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Vol. 84 No. 3, Spring 2015
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For over eighty years, Pacific Historical Review has accurately and adeptly covered the rich history of the Pacific Rim, including U.S. expansion to the Pacific and beyond, cross-cultural and comparative studies, race and ethnicity, history of empire and imperialism, environmental history, and historiography. The journal seeks to foster dialogue between scholars of disparate—yet intricately related—fields of history by offering a common medium of publication.

Recent award winners appear under "Editor's Picks"

Congrats to our award-winning authors, listed under "Editor's Picks"

Khalil Anthony Johnson, Jr., the W. Turrentine Jackson Prize of the PCB for "The Chinle Dog Shoots," Beth Lew-Williams, the Madison Prize of the SHFG for "Before Restriction Became Exclusion," Catherine Christensen, the Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Prize of the CCWH and the Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award of the PCB for "Mujeres Publicas," Laura Renata Martin, the W. Turrentine Jackson Prize of the PCB for "'California's Unemployed Feed Themselves,'" and Linda C. Noel, the Michael P. Malone Award of the WHA for "'I am an American.'"