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Organizing and Surviving in the Cold War

MICHAEL KEITH HONEY

in Black Workers Remember

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780520217744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520217744.003.0007
Organizing and Surviving in the Cold War

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This chapter talks about the political leaders and journalists in the South who applied the Communist label to anyone seeking to break the color barrier, especially those involved in interracial union organizing. Communist Party members and other like-minded leftists did often provide the most forthright support for black equality. Communist-led campaigns to free the nine Scottsboro youths, and other African Americans victimized by white violence in the 1930s, helped to draw back the veil that hid racial terrorism from public view. Communists and assorted leftists also braved gun thugs and police repression during early union organizing and helped to generate a climate favorable to interracialism within the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Keywords: Communist Party members; black equality; white violence; African Americans; like-minded leftists

Chapter.  16898 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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