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Black Communists Speak on Scottsboro A Documentary History by Walter T. Howard

Black Communists Speak on Scottsboro A Documentary History


Black Communists Speak on Scottsboro A Documentary History by Walter T. Howard

Surprising revelations about the role of black Communists in a notorious case of bigotry and injustice


... offers a unique blend of primary sources on the Scottsboro case and the campaign by black Communists to liberate the nine young African American ... this rich collection of documents provide a window into the day-by-day and year-by-year struggles waged by American and international Communists around the Scottsboro defense. Gerald Zahavi Howard provides insights into the modern civil rights struggle with this edited volume on the campaign by black American communists to free the defendants in the infamous Powell v. Alabama case... Howard includes an overview essay that provides a strong context for the documents included in the text. Summing Up: Recommended. Choice Howard's Black Communists Speak on Scottsboro adds to this burgeoning literature [of scholarly inquiry into the history of the black Left] and promises to renew old debates as well as spawn new ones regarding black radicals
complex relationship with the international Left

...Skilled essayists, [the contributors] effectively situated the Scottsboro case within the larger context of the international working class
political, legal, and economic struggles

... [T]he selections do constitute a welcome addition to any classroom exploring the black radical tradition and the American left. - The Journal of Southern History, Feb 2009

About the Author

Walter T. Howard is Professor of American History at Bloomsburg University in northeastern Pennsylvania and the editor of B.D. Amis, African American Radical: A Short Anthology of His Writings and Speeches. He was awarded The Gustavus Myers Award for Human Rights Scholarship, for his book Lynchings: Extralegal Violence in Florida During the 1930s.

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Publication date

7th December 2007


Walter T. Howard

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Temple University Press,U.S.


200 pages


Regional studies
History of the Americas



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