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 harmful impression of McCarthyism at the African American Freedom stream. improving little-known tales of black radical activism, they problem the concept that the chilly struggle was once, on stability, invaluable to the move. The publication emphasizes what used to be misplaced while anticommunism pressured the move to submerge broader problems with fiscal justice, hard work rights, feminism, and peace. The authors illustrate the usually missed or understated human expenses of the purple Scare, concentrating on neighborhood and person tales that supply perception into higher nationwide and foreign trends.

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S. foreign policy. 24 At the same time, Browne was a founding member of the American Committee on Africa who criticized the United States for passing up the opportunity to help black South Africans obtain their freedom, leaving it to the communists to do so. S. military involvement in Vietnam. 25 Closer to the Communist movement was Julian Mayfield, who spent the early 1950s in Harlem until the writers group of the Committee for the Negro in the Arts, in which he was an active participant, dissolved in the face of anticommunist repression.

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. 7. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, “The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past,” Journal of American History 91 (March 2005): 1233–1336; Jeanne F.

Foreign policy were out of bounds if one wanted a comfortable place in the postwar world. Those who challenged the cold war consensus—which put national security based on anticommunism and military preparedness above all other considerations—would face a strong reaction, both from the government and at the grassroots level. People testified against coworkers, suspecting them of being Communist because they “believed the colored ought to be equal,”25 while the State Department worked to control African Americans’ contact with the outside world.

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