Centering Black Women on the Left
This chapter summarizes the book's main themes. This book sought to insert both the analysis of black women radicals and their collective experiences into the history of postwar radicalism by centering their insights and documenting their contributions to sustaining a black left politics well into the 1970s. In so doing, it builds upon an expanding new field of scholarship that examines the political leadership of black women radicals from the 1930 to the 1950s, even as it extends this research into the 1960s and 1970s. Investigating their activism introduces an alternative perspective on many key aspects of U.S. radicalism and postwar politics, and de-centers dominant narratives that privilege the decimation of the US left and the experiences of well-known leaders in the black left and in the Communist Party.
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