In the Cause of Freedom
Radical Black Internationalism from Harlem to London, 1917-1939
By Minkah Makalani
328 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-1752-7
Published: August 2014
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6916-1
Published: November 2011
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Through a detailed analysis of black radical periodicals and extensive research in U.S., English, Dutch, and Soviet archives, Makalani explores how black radicals thought about race; understood the ties between African diasporic, Asian, and international workers' struggles; theorized the connections between colonialism and racial oppression; and confronted the limitations of international leftist organizations. Considering black radicals of Harlem and London together for the first time, In the Cause of Freedom reorients the story of blacks and Communism from questions of autonomy and the Kremlin's reach to show the emergence of radical black internationalism separate from, and independent of, the white Left.
About the Author
Minkah Makalani is assistant professor of African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
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“[A] fine study of black internationalism. . . . Anyone seriously interested in domestic or international aspects of black life has much to gain from a careful reading of Makalani’s work. Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.”--Choice
“The work contains generally accurate and insightful biographical portraits of a whole host of Black radicals.”--Black and Asian Studies Association Newsletter
"Establishes a learned, provocative, and innovative beachhead in the areas of transnational diaspora history and the history of the Left."--Journal of American History
“Smartly written, incredibly researched, and filled with intriguing primary materials. . . . A must read.”--Labour
“This insightful investigation offers an historical account of the complex interaction between Communism and radical black activists.”--American Communist History
“A provocative, creative, and refreshing study. . . [that] is both important and stimulating.”--Labor
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