Describing the ways anticommunism impaired the struggle for civil rights, James Zeigler reconstructs how Red Scare rhetoric during the Cold War assisted the black freedom struggle's demands for equal rights but labelled as 'un-American' calls for reparations. To track the power of this volatile discourse, Zeigler investigates how radical black artists and intellectuals managed to answer anticommunism with critiques of Cold War culture.
Un-American schooling: anticommunist discourse and Martin Luther King Jr. -- Essaying to be an exile: Richard Wright following the God that failed -- Writing Congress: the appeal of C.L.R. James's American studies -- Black is red all over again: President Obama's father figure Frank Marshall Davis
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