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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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Centering Black Women on the Left

(p.161) Conclusion
Radicalism at the Crossroads

Dayo F. Gore

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   black women radicals, radical politics, political leadership, leftists, Communist Party, political activism

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