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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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Return to the Home Front: White Chauvinism under Fire

Return to the Home Front: White Chauvinism under Fire

(p.160) 8 Return to the Home Front: White Chauvinism under Fire
A Black Communist in the Freedom Struggle

Harry Haywood

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, Harry Haywood reflects on his role in the Blacks’ fight against white chauvinism in the United States. Haywood arrived in New York in early November 1930, four and a half years after studying as a revolutionary in the Soviet Union. The Communist Party of the United States to which he belonged was planning to launch a new organization, the League of Struggle for Negro Rights (LSNR), to replace the now practically defunct American Negro Labor Congress. The LSNR was conceived as the nucleus of a united front movement around the party’s program for Black liberation. Haywood also talks about the case of the Scottsboro Boys, the nine African-American teenagers accused in Alabama of raping two white girls on a train in 1931, and the strike launched by the National Miners Union, an affiliate of the Trade Union Unity League.

Keywords:   white chauvinism, Blacks, Harry Haywood, Communist Party of the United States, League of Struggle for Negro Rights, American Negro Labor Congress, Scottsboro Boys, strike, National Miners Union, Trade Union Unity League

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