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

Mary Helen Washington


Mary Helen Washington recovers the important position of Nineteen Fifties leftist politics within the works and lives of contemporary African American writers and artists. whereas such a lot histories of McCarthyism specialize in the devastation of the blacklist and the intersection of leftist politics and American tradition, few comprise the actions of radical writers and artists from the Black well known entrance. Washington's paintings comprises those black intellectuals again into our knowing of mid-twentieth-century African American literature and paintings and expands our realizing of the artistic ferment energizing all of the USA in this period.

Mary Helen Washington reads 4 consultant writers―Lloyd Brown, Frank London Brown, Alice Childress, and Gwendolyn Brooks―and surveys the paintings of the visible artist Charles White. She lines resonances of leftist principles and activism of their creative achievements and follows their balanced critique of the mainstream liberal and conservative political and literary spheres. Her research recounts the focusing on of African American in addition to white writers through the McCarthy period, reconstructs the occasions of the 1959 Black Writers' convention in ny, and argues for the continued impact of the Black well known entrance a long time after it folded. Defining the contours of a noticeably black modernism and its far-ranging radicalization of yankee politics and tradition, Washington essentially reorients scholarship on African American and chilly battle literature and life.

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