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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 Student in Moscow

A Student in Moscow

(p.121) 6 A Student in Moscow
A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle

Harry Haywood

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, Harry Haywood reflects on his time in the Soviet Union, where he was sent in 1926 by the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) to which he belonged to train as a revolutionary. At the time, Haywood and his fellow Blacks felt that applying for a passport would be subjected to close scrutiny. Therefore, when he learned that he would soon be studying in Moscow, he applied for one in the first names of his mother (Harriet) and father (Haywood). In order to avoid going through the port of New York, he left by way of Canada. He first took a train to Berlin before heading to Leningrad and finally to Moscow, where he registered as a student at the Universitet Trydyashchiysya Vostoka Imeni Stalina (the University of the Toilers of the East Named for Stalin; Russian acronym KUTVA). KUTVA’s student body, which represented more than seventy nationalities and ethnic groups, was founded by the Bolsheviks. In January 1927, Haywood was stunned by the news of his mother’s death.

Keywords:   revolutionary, Harry Haywood, Soviet Union, Communist Party of the United States, Blacks, Berlin, Universitet Trydyashchiysya Vostoka Imeni Stalina, student body, Bolsheviks, Harriet Hall

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