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The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World: Southern Civil by Lindsey R. Swindall

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By Lindsey R. Swindall

“A clean and fascinating learn that illuminates the $64000, similar, but missed histories of the Southern Negro adolescence Congress and the Council on African Affairs. in particular noteworthy is the perceptive remedy of the linkages among those comparable organisations’ family and foreign politics.”—Waldo E. Martin, coauthor of Freedom on My brain: A background of African american citizens with Documents


“A great addition to the becoming physique of literature that examines the interaction among civil rights and foreign affairs.”—John Kirk, writer of Redefining the colour Line: Black Activism in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1940-1970


“Swindall places the ‘long civil rights’ flow on a dynamic new global map. Her meticulous use of archival fabrics opens up new roots and routes for students of yankee race history.”—Bill Mullen, writer of Afro-Orientalism


The Southern Negro early life Congress and the Council on African Affairs have been firms created as a part of the early civil rights efforts to handle race and exertions concerns through the nice melancholy. They fought inside of a leftist, Pan-African framework opposed to disenfranchisement, segregation, hard work exploitation, and colonialism.

By situating the advance of the SNYC and the Council on African Affairs in the scope of the lengthy civil rights move, Lindsey Swindall finds how those teams conceptualized the U.S. South as being imperative to their imaginative and prescient of an international African diaspora.  either agencies illustrate good the revolutionary collaborations that maintained a world wisdom in the course of global warfare II.  Cleavages from anti-radical repression within the postwar years also are obvious within the dismantling of those teams once they grew to become casualties of the early chilly War.

By highlighting the cooperation that happened among revolutionary activists from the preferred entrance to the Sixties, Swindall provides to our knowing of the intergenerational nature of civil rights and anticolonial organizing. 

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Communist Party (CPUSA). In order to situate the founding of the Southern Negro Youth Congress both philosophically and politically, it is helpful to take a look at its relationship to the Communist Party in the United States. The origins of the CPUSA go back to 1919; however, the group of nascent radicals was forced underground almost immediately due to the antiradical purges, like the Palmer raids, that occurred in the wake of World War I. By the 1930s, the party was growing. The stock market crash and the extent of the economic crisis was convincing more people that capitalism was a deeply flawed, perhaps even broken, system.

22 Strong deftly appealed to the interests of people of color in his argument. In pushing for antifascist support, he pointed out that Spanish Republicans had backed Angelo Herndon and held mass meetings for the Scottsboro youths. A victory for fascism in Spain could threaten democracy in France and advance Italy’s consolidation of the Mediterranean as 26 · The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World well as their incursion into Ethiopia. Additionally, the extension of fascist doctrines would be particularly devastating, Strong observed, to “dark people” of the colonial and semicolonial territories around the world, who would be increasingly targeted by Nazi-like race-hating ideologies.

But the severity of the economic downturn along with continued discrimination and racial violence aroused some, like newspaper editor Carl Murphy, to conclude that “since the abolitionists . . no white group . . ”24 The question of the Communist Party manipulating black citizens in exchange for their support loomed in the minds of those who were unsure whether the group was trustworthy. Historian Nell Irvin Painter acutely sums, “the CP unquestionably used Negroes, as have the Democrats and Republicans over the years.

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