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Germans and African AmericansTwo Centuries of Exchange$
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Larry A. Greene and Anke Ortlepp

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604737844

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737844.001.0001

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“Nazi Jim Crow”

“Nazi Jim Crow”

Hans Jürgen Massaquoi’s Democratic Vistas on the Black Atlantic and Afro-Germans in Ebony

(p.141) “Nazi Jim Crow”
Germans and African Americans

Frank Mehring

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers empirical insights into the racial discourse on diversity, the creation of national and personal identities, and the perception of minorities in Germany and the United States by looking at the two countries’ racial history. It focuses on Hans Jürgen Massaquoi’s triple identity as a mixed-race person of African and German heritage born in Hamburg to a German mother and African father in the Weimar era and later naturalized as an American citizen. While managing editor of Ebony, the most influential African American magazine in the United States, Massaquoi published a series of articles on Afro-Germans. The chapter examines his autobiographical writings and compares the attitudes of Americans and Germans toward blacks, mixed-race people, and racial assimilation. It also considers Massaquoi’s journey of personal transformation and how he became witness to the national transformation brought about in America by the civil rights movement.

Keywords:   diversity, Germany, Hans Jürgen Massaquoi, Ebony, Afro-Germans, Americans, Germans, blacks, America, civil rights movement

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