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The other blacklist : the African American literary and cultural left of the 1950s

Author: Mary Helen Washington
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Mary Helen Washington recovers the vital role of 1950s leftist politics in the works and lives of modern African American writers and artists. While most histories of McCarthyism focus on the devastation of the blacklist and the intersection of leftist politics and American culture, few include the activities of radical writers and artists from the Black Popular Front. Washington's work incorporates these black  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Helen Washington
ISBN: 9780231152709 0231152701 9780231152716 023115271X
OCLC Number: 858610476
Awards: Commended for William Sanders Scarborough Prize 2017
Description: xviii, 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Lloyd L. Brown: black fire in the cold war --
Charles White: "Robeson with a brush and pencil" --
Alice Childress: black, red, and feminist --
When Gwendolyn Brooks wore red --
Frank London Brown: the end of the Black Cultural Front and the turn toward civil rights --
1959: Spycraft and the black literary left --
Epilogue: The example of Julian Mayfield.
Responsibility: Mary Helen Washington.

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Revealing the formative influence of 1950s leftist radicalism on African American literature and culture.  Read more...

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