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The Black Cultural FrontBlack Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation$
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Brian Dolinar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032691

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032691.001.0001

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Battling Fascism for Years with the Might of His Pen

Battling Fascism for Years with the Might of His Pen

Ollie Harrington and the Bootsie Cartoons

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The Black Cultural Front

Brian Dolinar

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on Ollie Harrington and how he and his most famous character Brother Bootsie have fallen into obscurity over time. Harrington’s Bootsie cartoons were a mainstay of African American popular culture for more than three decades, gaining fame within the pages of the Pittsburgh Courier and in other black weeklies across the country. When the first collection of Bootsie cartoons, Bootsie and Others, was released in 1958, Langston Hughes wrote the introduction in which he called Harrington “Negro America’s favorite cartoonist.” Harrington was a central figure among the community of black expatriates in Paris during the 1950s and was best friends with Richard Wright. Yet Julia Wright observed that Harrington has been an “invisible man” in biographies of her father.

Keywords:   black expatriates, Ollie Harrington, Brother Bootsie, Langston Hughes, cartoonist

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