Red Seas: Ferdinand Smith and Radical Black Sailors in the United States and Jamaica

Red Seas: Ferdinand Smith and Radical Black Sailors in the United States and Jamaica

by Gerald Horne, James Jennings
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814736688

ISBN-13: 9780814736685

Pub. Date: 06/20/2005

Publisher: New York University Press

During the heyday of the U.S. and international labor movements in the 1930s and 1940s, Ferdinand Smith, the Jamaican-born co-founder and second-in-command of the National Maritime Union (NMU), stands out as one of the most—if not the most—powerful black labor leaders in the United States. Smith’s active membership in the Communist Party, however,

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During the heyday of the U.S. and international labor movements in the 1930s and 1940s, Ferdinand Smith, the Jamaican-born co-founder and second-in-command of the National Maritime Union (NMU), stands out as one of the most—if not the most—powerful black labor leaders in the United States. Smith’s active membership in the Communist Party, however, coupled with his bold labor radicalism and shaky immigration status, brought him under continual surveillance by U.S. authorities, especially during the Red Scare in the 1950s. Smith was eventually deported to his homeland of Jamaica, where he continued his radical labor and political organizing until his death in 1961.

Gerald Horne draws on Smith’s life to make insightful connections between labor radicalism and the Civil Rights Movement—demonstrating that the gains of the latter were propelled by the former and undermined by anticommunism. Moreover, Red Seas uncovers the little-known experiences of black sailors and their contribution to the struggle for labor and civil rights, the history of the Communist Party and its black members, and the significant dimensions of Jamaican labor and political radicalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814736685
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/20/2005
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Sailing from Jamaica
1 Sailing the Red Seas
2 Perilous Waters
3 The Black Ocean
4 Few Safe Harbors
5 Wind in Their Sails
6 Storm Signals
7 Storm, at Sea
8 Walking the Plank
9 Black Labor at Sea
10 Dropping Anchor in Jamaica
11 On the Beach
12 The Final Voyage of Ferdinand Smith
Epilogue
Notes
Index
About the Author

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