Date of Award
Master of Arts
Communism served throughout the 20th Century as a platform for emerging,marginalized groups. Not surprisingly, African Americans often participated inCommunist activities to mutually beneficial ends. This work examines the impact ofcommunism on the African American Freedom Struggle in the southern United Statesduring the interwar period. Due to his legacy as an African American intellectual, andhis efforts to affect change in both the Soviet Union and the Black Belt South, the “BlackBolshevik” Harry Haywood is identified as a vehicle from which to analyze the AfricanAmerican intellectuals’ struggle for equality. It is clear from this work that therelationship forged between the Soviet Union and African Americans in the interwarperiod was a two way street that not only informs scholars about African Americans’struggle for equal rights in America, but also leads to new insights about how Blackintellectuals’ influenced policy.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Isaacs, Matthew, "Reclaiming The Revolutionary: Harry Haywood and the African American Freedom Struggle During the Interwar Period" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1356.