Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism

Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism Author Erik S. McDuffie
ISBN-10 0822350505
ISBN-13 9780822350507
Year 2011-06-27
Pages 328
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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Sojourning for Freedom portrays pioneering black women activists from the early twentieth century through the 1970s focusing on their participation in the U S Communist Party CPUSA between 1919 and 1956 Erik S McDuffie considers how women from diverse locales and backgrounds became radicalized joined the CPUSA and advocated a pathbreaking politics committed to black liberation womens rights decolonization economic justice peace and international solidarity McDuffie explores the lives of black left feminists including the bohemian world traveler Louise Thompson Patterson who wrote about the triple exploitation of race gender and class Esther Cooper Jackson an Alabama based civil rights activist who chronicled the experiences of black female domestic workers and Claudia Jones the Trinidad born activist who emerged as one of the Communist Partys leading theorists of black womens exploitation Drawing on more than forty oral histories collected from veteran black women radicals and their family members McDuffie examines how these women negotiated race gender class sexuality and politics within the CPUSA In Sojourning for Freedom he depicts a community of radical black women activist intellectuals who helped to lay the foundation for a transnational modern black feminism

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Left of Karl Marx

Left of Karl Marx Author Carole Boyce Davies
ISBN-10 9780822390329
Release 2008-01-15
Pages 344