The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s

The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s

by Mary Washington

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ISBN-13: 9780231152716
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/22/2015
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mary Helen Washington is a professor in the English Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been a Bunting Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the editor of Black-Eyed Susans: Classic Stories by Black Women Writers; Midnight Birds: Stories of Contemporary Black Women Writers; Invented Lives: Narratives of Black Women; and Memory of Kin: Stories of Family by Black Writers.

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Lloyd Brown: Black Fire in the Cold War2. Charles White: "Robeson with a Brush and Pencil"3. Alice Childress: Black, Red, and Feminist4. When Gwendolyn Brooks Wore Red5. Frank London Brown: The End of the Black Cultural Front and the Turn Toward Civil Rights6. 1959: Spycraft and the Black Literary LeftEpilogue: The Example of Julian MayfieldNotesWorks CitedIndex

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Mari Matsuda

The Cold War erased red politics from our reading of midcentury black art. Washington brings it back with eloquence and dense documentation. If you believe in freedom, read this book.

Robin D. G. Kelley

Alice Childress, Lloyd Brown, Julian Mayfield, Frank London Brown... these ought to be household names in American letters and politics, as well as African American studies. In a brilliant work of historical reconstruction and (re)vision, Washington not only rescues these critical artists/intellectuals artist-intellectuals from obscurity and restores them to history but also rewrites that history—recasting the 1950s as a period of black radical critique, revolutionary fervor, political noncompliance, state repression and surveillance, and a flowering of black artistic imagination.'

Alan M. Wald

A groundbreaking and eye-opening study. In Washington's sure hands, biography, politics, and cultural history combine to open new intellectual vistas.

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