Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745337265 Published November 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745337272 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Red International and Black Caribbean

Communists in New York City, Mexico and the West Indies, 1919-1939

Margaret Stevens

Red International and Black Caribbean

Margaret Stevens

Distributed for Pluto Press

288 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745337265 Published November 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745337272 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Too often grouped together, the black radicalism movement has a history wholly separate from the international communist movement of the early twentieth century. In Red International and Black Caribbean Margaret Stevens sets out to correct this enduring misconception. Focusing on the period 1919-39, Stevens explores the political roots of a dozen Communist organizations and parties that were headquartered in New York City, Mexico, and the Caribbean. She describes the inner workings of the Red International—the revolutionary global political network established under the Communist International—in relation to struggles against racial and colonial oppression. In doing so, she also highlights how the significant victories and setbacks of black people fighting against racial oppression developed within the context of the global Communist movement.
 
Challenging dominant accounts, Red International and Black Caribbean debunks the “great men” narrative, emphasizes the role of women in their capacity as laborers, and paints the true struggles of black peasants and workers in Communist parties. 
 
Contents
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
Part I Bolshevism in Caribbean Context
Chapter 1 The Dark World of 1919
Chapter 2 Hands off Haiti!
Chapter 3 El Dorado Sees Red
 
Part II Two Steps Forward
Chapter 4 Every Country Has a Scottsboro
Chapter 5 The “Black Belt” Turned South and Eastward
 
Part III Race, Nation and the Uneven Development of the Popular Front
Chapter 6 The Temperament of the Age
Chapter 7 Good Neighbors and Popular Fronts
Chapter 8 Of “Dogs, Hogs and Haitians”
 
Notes
Index
 
 
Review Quotes
Vijay Prashad
"Margaret Stevens' rich account of Communism in the Western Hemisphere anchors the story amongst the black workers from Panama to Harlem, from the Dominican Republic to Barbados. An essential book for those who want to understand the democratic history of the world, of how ordinary people lived extraordinary lives to fight for a just and true society."
 
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