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A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle
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A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle: The Life of Harry Haywood

Harry Haywood and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

Abstract

Mustering out of the U.S. army in 1919, Harry Haywood stepped into a battle that was to last the rest of his life. Within months, he found himself in the middle of one of the bloodiest race riots in U.S. history and realized that he’d been fighting the wrong war—the real enemy was right here at home. This book is an eloquent account of coming of age as a black man in twentieth-century America and of his political awakening in the Communist Party. For all its cultural and historical interest, this story is also noteworthy for its considerable narrative drama. The son of parents born into slaver ... More

Keywords: protests, Harry Haywood, U.S. army, Communist Party, slavery, Omaha, Chicago, Deep South, Scottsboro Boys, Sharecroppers Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816679058
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679058.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Haywood, author

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, editor

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Prologue

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

1 A Child of Slaves

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

2 A Black Regiment in World War I

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

3 on to France

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

4 Searching for Answers

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

5 An Organization of Revolutionaries

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

6 A Student in Moscow

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

7 Self Determination: The Fight for a Correct Line

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

8 Return to the Home Front: White Chauvinism under Fire

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

9 Reunion in Moscow

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

10 Sharecroppers with Guns: Organizing the Black Belt

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

11 Chicago: Against War and Fascism

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

12 The Spanish Civil War: A Call to Arms

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

13 World War II and the Merchant Marines

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

Epilogue

Harry Haywood, and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall