Black Communists Speak on Scottsboro: A Documentary History by Walter T. Howard

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Black Communists communicate on Scottsboro, an account of a missed bankruptcy within the tale of the Scottsboro saga, supplies voice to a section of the African American group that has frequently been overlooked or distorted: black Communists.

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April 9, 1931 Dear Comrades: The Central Committee instructs you to immediately arrange a series of mass protest meetings against the legal lynching of the 9 Negro youths in Scottsboro, Alabama. The District Committee is responsible to initiate this campaign. These meetings must be held in every section of the districts. Large mass meetings of Negro and white workers, native and foreign-born must be mobilized for active participation in raising a huge protest against the ruling landlords and capitalists and their court, linking up this specific case with our preparations for May Day.

An excellent account of the international aspects of Scottsboro is James A. Miller, Susan D. Pennybacker, and Eve Rosenhaft, “Mother Ada I n t ro d u c t i o n : B a c k g ro u n d a n d C o n t e x t ▪ 23 Wright and the International Campaign to Free the Scottsboro Boys,” American Historical Review 106 (April 2001), 387–430. S. 1919–1950,” Journal of Southern African Studies 30, no. 1 (March 2004), 155–80. 6. Claude McKay, “Soviet Russia and the Negro,” Crisis 27 (December 1923), 61–65; A. S. , 1st sess.

Scottsboro Trial—newspaper clippings, Box 2, Folder 28, Solomon and Kaufman Research Files, Tamiment, NYU. See also, Foner and Shapiro, American Communism and Black Americans, 249–319. 50. Carter, Scottsboro, 330–39; and Nell Irvin Painter, A Narrative of Hosea Hudson: His Life as a Negro Communist in the South (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981), 83–88, 100–101, 138–45. 51. Carter, Scottsboro, 330-39. See also, Irving Howe and Lewis Coser, The American Communist Party: A Critical History (Boston: Beacon Press, 1957), 214–16.

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