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Radicalism at the CrossroadsAfrican American Women Activists in the Cold War$
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Dayo F. Gore

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732366

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732366.001.0001

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Forging a Community of Radical Intellectuals and Activists

Forging a Community of Radical Intellectuals and Activists

Black Women, the Black Left, and the Communist Party USA in the 1930s and 1940s

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(p.15) 1 Forging a Community of Radical Intellectuals and Activists
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Radicalism at the Crossroads
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Dayo F. Gore

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814732366.003.0001

This chapter traces the continuity between the radical politics of the 1930s and that of the 1950s. Examining the roots of their affiliations with the organized US left, it details the ways black women—including Vicki Garvin, Yvonne Gregory, Maude White Katz, Thelma Dale Perkins, Marvel Cooke, and Claudia Jones—were radicalized within the milieu of 1930s Popular Front politics. It traces the political and life paths that brought these women into New York's black left. It also outlines how they negotiated the shifting politics of postwar America and began to carve out space for themselves within a range of left organizations, particularly those with ties to the Communist Party.

Keywords:   radical politics, black women radicals, Vicki Garvin, Yvonne Gregory, Maude White Katz, Thelma Dale Perkins, Marvel Cooke, Claudia Jones, Popular Front politics, Communist Party

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