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Article, “Anderson Ban to Be Reconsidered,” The Washington Post, March 2, 1939.
Anson Phelps Stokes Papers. Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University.

Lauren Libaw ’09, Anson Phelps Stokes and the Marian Anderson Controversy

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This newspaper clipping details the Daughters of the American Revolution’s refusal to allow Marian Anderson to perform in concert at Constitution Hall. Yellowed and partially torn, the Washington Post article from March 2, 1939 is entitled, “Anderson Ban to be Reconsidered.” Although there are many newspaper articles related to the controversy preserved amongst the Stokes Family Papers, this one stands out for its discussion of racial politics in light of world affairs: the article’s author likens Anderson’s situation to the contemporary treatment of Jewish artists in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Indeed, the fact that this race-based controversy occurred in America just as the Holocaust was beginning in Europe is particularly unsettling.