The Southern Frontier, vol. 1, no. 11



The Southern Frontier, vol. 1, no. 11


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.

Vol. 1, No. 11 contains contributions by:

William B. Ruggles
Carter Wesley
John Wesley Dobbs
Robert C. Weaver

Selected articles are:

“The Negro Vote” – Column on African American party loyalty, and a critique of the Republican party’s appeasement and isolationist tendencies during the rise of Hitler in Europe.

“Local Interracial Committees are Busy” – A page of short columns, detailing the activities of regional interracial committees in Georgia, Texas, and South Carolina.

Articles on p. 3 concern the participation of African Americans in the Armed Forces. Dr. F. D. Patterson of Tuskegee Institute, Dr. Rayford Logan of Howard University, and Dr. Howard Long of the public schools of the District of Columbia visited the White House to discuss with the President possibilities of African Americans participation in the national defense. The work of Dr. Robert C. Weaver in this regard is noted.

There is a brief notice (p. 2) that October 20 the Post Office Department issued a special stamp commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery. In April (1940) a stamp with the likeness of Booker T. Washington was the first time that an African American was honored in this way.


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 November


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


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Pullen, Ann Ellis (2013). "Commission on Interracial Cooperation" New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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