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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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An Organization of Revolutionaries

An Organization of Revolutionaries

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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 reflects on his experience as a member of the African Blood Brotherhood (ABB)—a secret, all-Black, revolutionary organization to which some of the Black members of the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) belonged—and later as a member of the party itself. At the time Haywood joined the ABB, he knew little about the organization other than the fact that it was in some way associated with the Communist Party. It was founded in New York City in 1919 by a group of Black radicals under the leadership of Cyril P. Briggs. After about six months, Haywood left the ABB. He then joined the Young Workers (Communist) League (YCL), the youth division of the Communist Party, and became a member of the party itself in the spring of 1925. On the whole, Haywood was very optimistic during his early years in the party.

Keywords:   Harry Haywood, African Blood Brotherhood, Communist Party of the United States, Cyril P. Briggs, Young Workers (Communist) League

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