The Political Socialization of African American Children through Literature from the 1970s

By Laretta Henderson.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Just as adult literature has had political ideologies embedded in them, so too has African American children’s literature. In this paper I am interested in the ways in which canonical African American children’s literature propagated a Black Nationalist agenda of the 1970s. And how that literature attempted to both racialized and politicize the African American child reader.

Keywords: African American Children’s Literature, Political Socialization, Coretta Scott King Book Award

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp.21-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 907.003KB).

Dr. Laretta Henderson

Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, USA

Laretta Henderson is Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches courses related to youth literacy. Her publications include a book, Ebony Jr!: The Rise, Demise and Return of a Black h Children’s Magazine was published in 2008.


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