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Black Workers RememberAn Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle$
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Michael Keith Honey

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520217744

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520217744.001.0001

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Organizing and Surviving in the Cold War

Organizing and Surviving in the Cold War

(p.177) 5 Organizing and Surviving in the Cold War
Black Workers Remember


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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

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