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

By Robbie Lieberman, Clarence Lang

The unique essays during this booklet spotlight the damaging impression of McCarthyism at the African American Freedom circulation. convalescing little-known tales of black radical activism, they problem the concept the chilly battle was once, on stability, worthwhile to the move. The e-book emphasizes what used to be misplaced whilst anticommunism compelled the circulate to submerge broader problems with financial justice, exertions rights, feminism, and peace. The authors illustrate the usually ignored or understated human expenditures of the pink Scare, targeting neighborhood and person tales that supply perception into greater nationwide and overseas trends.

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Hugh Mulzac, the first African American to command a ship in the American Merchant Marines and an early challenger of segregation in major league baseball, was blacklisted in the 1950s for having associated with Communists in such organizations as the National Council on American-Soviet Friendship, the Council on African Affairs, and the Council for West Indian Federation. ”31 Resisting the Red Scare The remainder of this chapter is focused on writings of African Americans who were close to the Communist movement for a significant period, people who articulated their positions forcefully and consistently and paid a price for their efforts.

Berg’s claim that “The NAACP followed a pattern of gradual and 14 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. ROBBIE LIEBERMAN AND CLARENCE LANG defensive accommodation to the anticommunist zeitgeist that was typical for the American public at large” may be accurate, but it avoids the issue of how acquiescing to the suppression of civil liberties of radicals enabled the attacks on others who shared their goals. Moreover, his categorical condemnation of “Marxist historians” seems an unnecessary, ad hominem, attack.

Clair Drake Papers, Box 23, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation. See Alan Wald’s discussion of the agency of black radicals in “Narrating Nationalisms: Black Marxism and Jewish Communists through the Eyes of Harold Cruse,” in Left of the Color Line, ed. Bill Mullen and James Smethurst (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003), 141–161. ht. Accessed July 9, 2008. The Ingram case, depicted in the cover drawing by Charles White, is one of several cases of racial injustice from the early cold war era that are discussed at length in Horne, Communist Front?

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