Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism

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Duke University Press, 27 juin 2011 - 311 pages
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Sojourning for Freedom portrays pioneering black women activists from the early twentieth century through the 1970s, focusing on their participation in the U.S. Communist Party (CPUSA) between 1919 and 1956. Erik S. McDuffie considers how women from diverse locales and backgrounds became radicalized, joined the CPUSA, and advocated a pathbreaking politics committed to black liberation, women’s rights, decolonization, economic justice, peace, and international solidarity. McDuffie explores the lives of black left feminists, including the bohemian world traveler Louise Thompson Patterson, who wrote about the “triple exploitation” of race, gender, and class; Esther Cooper Jackson, an Alabama-based civil rights activist who chronicled the experiences of black female domestic workers; and Claudia Jones, the Trinidad-born activist who emerged as one of the Communist Party’s leading theorists of black women’s exploitation. Drawing on more than forty oral histories collected from veteran black women radicals and their family members, McDuffie examines how these women negotiated race, gender, class, sexuality, and politics within the CPUSA. In Sojourning for Freedom, he depicts a community of radical black women activist intellectuals who helped to lay the foundation for a transnational modern black feminism.
 

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In Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism, Dr. Erik S. McDuffie writes, "By tracing black women radicals' lives, this book recovers 'black left ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Introduction
1
Black Communist Women Pioneers 19191930
25
Searching for the Soviet Promise Fighting for Scottsboro and Harlems Survival 19301935
58
Toward a Brighter Dawn Black Women Forge the Popular Front 19351940
91
Racing against Jim Crow Fascism Colonialism and the Communist Party 19401946
126
We Are Sojourners for Our Rights The Cold War 19461956
160
Ruptures and Continuities 1956 Onward
193
Notes
221
Bibliography
261
Index
297
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Erik S. McDuffie is Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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