ASNLHAssociation for the Study of Negro Life and History (forerunner of ASAAFH; founded by Carter G. Woodson in 1915)
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CORRESPONDENCE between Gaines, ASNLH staff, and Burroughs reveals much about the implicit anxieties that permeated Cold War politics during this moment.
In his reply to the ASNLH, Turner distanced himself from any direct association with Burroughs's history group.
THE EFFECT of the correspondence from both Turner and Gaines was enough to sway the ASNLH against the application.
Clearly, the political stakes and specter of left-wing political association involved for establishing a local branch were too high for the ASNLH to accept Burroughs's collegial overtures.
THE FAILURE to establish an ASNLH chapter in Cold War Chicago should not be understood to overstate the political gulf between black cultural activists working on similar projects.
As Greene testified during his ASNLH book selling campaigns, black professionals usually purchased the Association's literature (Strickland 1996).
Early on, the ASNLH developed connections to the heart of black communities.
In the early years of the ASNLH, Woodson called upon any interested individuals to join his cause.
In 1924, for instance, in collaboration with the American Folklore Society, the ASNLH offered a $200.
Woodson's haste resulted in part from his obsession to use history to attain political ends and to control the ASNLH.
Unwilling to compromise, Woodson sought total commitment to his work and allowed few persons to get close to him and to the inner workings of the ASNLH.
As he grew argumentative, suspicious, and arbitrary about those he chose to assist in their research, white foundations dropped their support of the ASNLH, forcing Woodson to aim his appeals for funds and the association's programs at the black community.