Book Cover Image of Red Activists and Black Freedom: James and Esther Jackson and the Long Civil Rights Revolution by David Levering Lewis, Michael H. Nash, and Daniel J. Leab  (James Jackson and Esther Cooper Jackson)

Red Activists and Black Freedom: James and Esther Jackson and the Long Civil Rights Revolution
by David Levering Lewis, Michael H. Nash, and Daniel J. Leab (James Jackson and Esther Cooper Jackson)

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    Publication Date: Oct 26, 2006
    List Price: $0.00
    Format: Hardcover, 114 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780415472555
    Imprint: Routledge
    Publisher: Routledge
    Parent Company: Routledge

    Hardcover Description:

    This book deals with the forgotten history of the civil rights movement. The American Left played a significant part in the origins of that movement, whose history has traditionally been focused on the later 1940’s and early 1950’s. T

    his approach needs serious re-thinking in light of what took place in the later 1930’s with the organization and activity of groups like the Southern Negro Youth Congress that brought both African-American and white workers and students together in the fight for economic and social justice.

    Thanks to the post-World War II Red Scare such groups as well as Left African-American leaders like Esther and James Jackson have been overlooked or excised from an exciting, controversial, and important story. With all due credit to the churches which played such a pivotal role in finally winning Blacks their civil rights, the early history involving the Left, workers of both races, and the labor unions must be assimilated into America’s memory, for there were important continuities between what they did and the later church-based struggle.