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After the RebellionBlack Youth, Social Movement Activism, and the Post-Civil Rights Generation$
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Sekou M. Franklin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789384

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789384.001.0001

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The World beyond the Campus

The World beyond the Campus

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After the Rebellion

Sekou M. Franklin

NYU Press

This chapter describes the role of youth-based activism by highlighting the origins, development, and collapse of the Southern Negro Youth Congress (SNYC), and its interaction with a diverse movement infrastructure composed of black progressive and white leftist groups. The SNYC was the most important black youth formation of the pre–Cold War era, implementing grassroots initiatives that pushed for voting rights, desegregation, and economic justice for black workers. This movement infrastructure was dynamic, routinely changing, and shaped by the shifting political, economic, and international contexts of the Great Depression and World War II periods, which further influenced the political orientations of black radical youth. However, this infrastructure also caused the group's collapse as anticommunist hysteria after World War II swept the nation.

Keywords:   youth-based activism, Southern Negro Youth Congress, black progressive groups, white leftist groups, pre-Cold War era, desegregation, Great Depression, World War II, black radical youth, anticommunist hysteria

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