Anticommunism and the African American Freedom Movement: by Robbie Lieberman, Clarence Lang

By Robbie Lieberman, Clarence Lang

The unique essays during this publication spotlight the damaging influence of McCarthyism at the African American Freedom circulate. recuperating little-known tales of black radical activism, they problem the concept that the chilly battle used to be, on stability, necessary to the stream. The ebook emphasizes what was once misplaced whilst anticommunism pressured the stream to submerge broader problems with financial justice, hard work rights, feminism, and peace. The authors illustrate the usually missed or understated human bills of the purple Scare, concentrating on neighborhood and person tales that provide perception into greater nationwide and overseas trends.

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Sutherland worked closely with George Houser, including helping to initiate the anticommunist American Committee on Africa, which filled the void left when the Council on African Affairs (led by Robeson, Du Bois, and Alphaeus Hunton) was forced to dissolve because of harassment by the government. S. 22 St. Clair Drake, who grew up influenced by Quakers, and admiring Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, and Japanese pacifist Toyohiko Kagawa, shared a similar outlook; his analysis of anticolonialism in Africa rested on a strong interest in nonviolence coupled with a determination about independence.

David Caute, The Great Fear: The Anti-Communist Purge under Truman and Eisenhower (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978), 278. , Window on Freedom: Race, Civil Rights, and Foreign Affairs 1945–1988 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003). See also Von Eschen, Race Against Empire. Ellen Schrecker, The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents (Boston: Bedford Books, 1994), 92–93. As James Smethurst elaborates in his study on the Black Arts Movement, many of these left-wing cultural forms were rekindled in the late 1960s.

I know many of those who have already been lapped up by this new Reich terror, know about the arrests in the early morning, the shifty eyed ones who follow, follow, follow . . ”64 The FBI was trailing her as well, making “pretext calls” to her house to keep tabs on her residence and place of employment and tracking her activities and affiliations, surveillance that continued all the way until her death in 1965. She did not lose her optimism or belief in humanity—“Frankly, I would not have thought the caliber of humanity to be so sturdy after such spheres of corruption have surrounded it.

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