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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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Self Determination: The Fight for a Correct Line

Self Determination: The Fight for a Correct Line

(p.138) 7 Self Determination: The Fight for a Correct Line
A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle

Harry Haywood

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, Harry Haywood talks about his role in the fight for the self-determination of all Blacks in the United States. Toward the end of 1927, N. Nasanov returned to the Soviet Union after a sojourn in the United States as the representative of the Young Communist International. Nasanov’s observations had convinced him that U.S. Blacks were essentially an oppressed nation whose struggle for equality would ultimately take an autonomous direction and that the content of the Black liberation movement was the completion of the agrarian and democratic revolution in the South. Therefore, it was the duty of the Communist Party of the United States to channel the movement in a revolutionary direction by raising and supporting the slogan of the right of self-determination for Afro-Americans in the Black Belt, the area of their greatest concentration. Haywood also believed that the path to freedom for Blacks led directly to socialism, uncluttered by any interim stage of self-determination or Black political power.

Keywords:   self-determination, Harry Haywood, Blacks, N. Nasanov, Young Communist International, Black liberation movement, Communist Party of the United States, Afro-Americans, Black Belt, socialism

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