"Bitter with the Past But Sweet with the Dream": Communism in the African American Imaginary

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    Cathy Bergin

    Publisher: Haymarket Books

    Year: 2016

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 222 pages

    ISBN: 9781608466399

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An engaging, wide-ranging, and groundbreaking reexamination of the relationship between African American writers and the communist movement in the US.

Most literary critics take it for granted that mid-century African-American writers considered the Communist movement to be incapable of comprehending and responding to racial oppression. In this groundbreaking study, Cathy Bergin argues that in Native Son, Lonely Crusade, and Invisible Man, Communist organizations were castigated for their refusal to pursue the liberatory potential contained in their own ideals and strategies for change.

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