The Southern Frontier, vol. 1, no. 6



The Southern Frontier, vol. 1, no. 6


Published by Commission on Interracial Cooperation (CIC), The Southern Frontier was a monthly newsletter, first issued in January, 1940. Aiming to share the stories overlooked by traditional newspapers, the newsletter published stories of social progress, as well as stories of racial injustices faced by African Americans across the American South.

As described by the then President of the CIC Howard W. Odum, the name The Southern Frontier alludes to the need for even greater pioneering and progress in the social and cultural frontiers, the American South being the most turbulent field in reference to race relations and progress at the time.

“The Women’s Edition” contains contributions by:
W. A. Newell
Kathleen Mallory
S. L. Timmons

Selected articles are:

"Redcaps Win Wage Suit $88,500 Award to 41" -- an article about a suit brought by the Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks to determine whether tips should be included in wages. 

“Editor Fined For Speeding Beaten and Jailed” – An article about Houston, Texas lawyer and newspaper editor Carter Wesley, pulled over for speeding by two highway patrolmen, beaten for “waving at white folks on the highway,” and subsequently jailed. He’d be charged with resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, and speeding, the first two charges dismissed for lack of jurisdiction and evidence.

“They Handled Dynamite” – An article about two groups of Southern Methodist women, one white and one black, joining together to address the large disparity in living conditions between white southerners and black southerners. 

An article on p. 2 describes the role of church women in passage of an act by Richmond, Va. City Council to provide a twelve-acre playground for African Americans. The church women united with the Community Recreation Association which had worked for fifteen years to secure a swimming pool for blacks. 


Commission on Interracial Cooperation


Jessie Daniel Ames Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching collection, 1930-1944, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Seminary Library


1940 June


Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Library


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Learn more: 
Pullen, Ann Ellis (2013). "Commission on Interracial Cooperation" New Georgia Encyclopedia.
Commission on Interracial Cooperation, Social Welfare History Image Portal 

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