The Southern Frontier, vol. 2, no. 2


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The Southern Frontier, vol. 2, no. 2


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 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. 2, No. 1 contains contributions by:
J. W. Haywood

Selected articles are:

“The South Has a `Bottleneck’” – An article describing the South as an environment common with incidents of governmental discrimination towards black citizens, as well as acts of goodwill on the parts of individual white citizens, but that are in turn done in silence or in secrecy to avoid backlash from governing or administrating entities.

“Negro Soldiers Want White Commander” – An article describing a case in which a platoon of black soldiers holding resentment over being assigned a black commander. The article provides analysis of this story, one from a white southerner perspective, the other from a black southerner perspective. 

"Negroes Enter Army Aviation" discusses the formation of the Tuskegee Airmen. The article notes that the (Negro) National Airmen's Association opposes segregation in the military.


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


1941 February


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



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Learn more:

Lapel pin, Airmen's Association of America, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian

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

Commission on Interracial Cooperation, Social Welfare History Image Portal


Commission on Interracial Cooperation, “The Southern Frontier, vol. 2, no. 2,” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed April 16, 2024,