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Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism
Sojourning for Freedom portrays pioneering black women activists from the early twentieth century through the 1970s, focusing on their participation in the U.S. Communist Party (CPUSA) between 1919 and 1956. Erik S. McDuffie considers how women from diverse locales and backgrounds became radicalized, joined the CPUSA, and advocated a pathbreaking politics committed to blac ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published June 27th 2011 by Duke University Press Books
(first published June 6th 2011)
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Dec 06, 2012 Dan Sharber rated it really liked it
in angela davis' wonderful book, Women, Race, & Class, she has a chapter called communist women. now imagine that chapter is expanded into an entire scholarly work and this is the book you have. davis paid homage to the radical black women of the cpusa who laid the groundwork for her own ideas around the intersectionality black women live within (ie. they are exploited and oppressed as woman, worker and black). what i like about this book too is that it doesn't simply deal with women strictl ...more
McDuffie presents a more expansive way of looking at black women's activism that takes into consideration their often neglected roles in the communist party of the United States and in the making of the feminist movement. This work chronicles women whose activism was informed by their understandings of the triple oppression of women of color both domestically and internationally.