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Author Lewis, David Levering

Title Red Activists and Black Freedom : James and Esther Jackson and the Long Civil Rights Revolution
Published London : Taylor and Francis, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (259 pages)
Contents Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Notes on Contributors -- Preface -- Foreword -- Introduction -- 1. The Jacksons -- 2. James and Esther Jackson: A Historical Assessment -- 3. Fundamentally Determined: James E. Jackson and Esther Cooper Jackson and the Southern Negro Youth Congress -- 1937-1946 -- Organization of Tobacco Workers in Virginia, 1937-1938 -- Civil Liberties Success -- Nora Wilson Case -- Esther Cooper Jackson and FEPC Activities -- Association of Young Writers and Artists -- Esther Jackson's Project -- Local Advocacy for Black Citizens in Birmingham -- 4. Esther V. Cooper's "The Negro Woman Domestic Worker in Relation to Trade Unionism": Black Left Feminism and the Popular Front -- 5. "All those rosy dreams we cherish": James Jackson and Esther Cooper's Marriage on the Front Lines of the Double Victory Campaign -- 6. FREEDOMWAYS -- 7. James and Esther Jackson: A Personal Perspective -- 8. "Death for Negro lynching!" The Communist Party, USA's Position on the African American Question -- 9. Civil Rights Unionism and the Black Freedom Struggle -- 10. Lorraine Hansberry's Freedom Family -- 11. James and Esther Jackson: Connecting the Past to the Present -- Index
Summary This book deals with the forgotten history of the civil rights movement. The American Left played a significant part in the origins of that movement, whose history has traditionally been focused on the later 1940's and early 1950's. This approach needs serious re-thinking in light of what took place in the later 1930's with the organization and activity of groups like the Southern Negro Youth Congress that brought both African-American and white workers and students together in the fight for economic and social justice. Thanks to the post-World War II Red Scare such groups as well as Left African-American leaders like Esther and James Jackson have been overlooked or excised from an exciting, controversial, and important story. With all due credit to the churches which played such a pivotal role in finally winning Blacks their civil rights, the early history involving the Left, workers of both races, and the labor unions must be assimilated into America's memory, for there were important continuities between what they did and the later church-based struggle. This book was published as a special issue of American Communist History
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Subject Jackson, Esther Cooper.
Jackson, James E., 1914-2007.
Jackson, Esther Cooper.
Jackson, James E., 1914-2007.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
Black power -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Communism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights.
Black power.
Civil rights movements.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Leab, Daniel J.
Nash, Michael H
ISBN 1317990609