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A Black Communist in the Freedom StruggleThe Life of Harry Haywood$
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Harry Haywood and Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679058

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679058.001.0001

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A Child of Slaves

A Child of Slaves

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A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle

Harry Haywood

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, Harry Haywood talks about his childhood and his family, his first years in school, and the conditions in which he lived at the time. He was born in South Omaha, Nebraska, on February 4, 1898—the youngest of the three children of Harriet and Haywood Hall. The 1890s had been a decade of far-reaching structural change in the economic and political life of the United States. These were fateful years in which the pattern of twentieth-century subjugation of Blacks was set. A young U.S. imperialism was ready in 1898 to shoulder its share of the “white man’s burden” and take its “manifest destiny” beyond the Pacific Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. At the time when Haywood was born, the overwhelming majority of Black people still resided in the South. His parents were born slaves in 1860. His father was born on a plantation in Haywood County, Tennessee. Tennessee at the time was the home of the Ku Klux Klan.

Keywords:   slaves, Harry Haywood, childhood, family, South Omaha, Nebraska, Blacks, Tennessee, Ku Klux Klan

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