By Robbie Lieberman, Clarence Lang

The unique essays during this ebook spotlight the harmful influence of McCarthyism at the African American Freedom circulation. getting better little-known tales of black radical activism, they problem the concept the chilly battle was once, on stability, useful to the circulation. The booklet emphasizes what was once misplaced whilst anticommunism compelled the circulation to submerge broader problems with monetary justice, exertions rights, feminism, and peace. The authors illustrate the customarily overlooked or understated human expenses of the crimson Scare, concentrating on neighborhood and person tales that provide perception into better nationwide and foreign trends.

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3. Doug Rossinow, Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), 214. 4. Mary Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000), 12. 5. Jeff, Woods, Black Struggle Red Scare: Segregation and Anti-Communism in the South, 1948–1968 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2004), 10. 6. ” in World Affairs and the American Civil Rights Movement From the First World War to Vietnam (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006), 175.

A handful of names suggests the pattern : Claudia Jones, convicted under the Smith Act (for conspiring to advocate the overthrow of the government) was deported and ended up in England, where she continued the struggle but died at a young age; other Smith Act victims—Ben Davis, Henry Winston, Pettis Perry—served jail sentences. Many others found themselves the targets of constant government surveillance, including Charlotta Bass and Lorraine Hansberry. But it was not just Communists and fellow travelers who linked peace, freedom, and economic justice.

S. foreign policy as the price of progress on civil rights. S. foreign policy in return for incremental gains on the domestic front. These people saw peace and freedom as inseparable, and they rejected the government’s and the cold warriors’ way of defining these terms. Actor Ossie Davis was among those to challenge black leaders who treated foreign affairs as “the province of white folks only. . There were other blacks,” he suggested, “who argued differently. To them our struggle here at home was part and parcel of the worldwide struggle against capitalist exploitation.

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