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Red International and Black Caribbean: Communists in New York City, Mexico and the West Indies, 1919-1939


Manufacturer: Pluto Press

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"This is the history of black radicals who organised as Communists between the two world wars of the twentieth century. It explres the political roots o fa dozen organisations and parties in New York City, Mexico and the Black Caribbean, including the Anti-Imperialist League, the American Negro Labor Congress and the Haiti Patriotic League, and reveals a history of myriad connections and shared struggle across the continent.

This book reclaims the centrality of class consciousness and political solidarity amongst these black radicals, who are too often represented separate from the international Communist movement which emerged after the Russian Revolution in 1917. Instead, it describes the inner workings of the 'Red International' in relation to the struggles against racial and colonial oppression. It introduces a cast of characters including Richard Moore, Otto Huiswoud, Navares Sager, Grace Campbell, Rose Pastor Stokes and Wilfred Domingo.

Challenging the 'great men' narrative, Margaret Stevens emphasises the role of organisations as vehicles for change; the struggles of peasants of colour; and of black workers in and around Communist parties."

Margaret Stevens. Pluto Press, 2017.

Product Code: 9780745337265

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