Pan-Africanism and International Communism Between the Wars (1919-39). Agents of Change and Contradiction

Fredrik Petersson

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The paper was presented at the workshop "The US South in the Black Atlantic: Transnational Histories of the Jim Crow South Since 1865", organised by the German Historical Institute, Washington DC, 4-6 June 2015. The paper address questions of Pan-Africanism and international communism between the wars, and the conflicted but convoluted relationship between these two political interpretations of the world. The aim is to highlight how Pan-Africanism and international communism shared and benefited from each other, but also, how they confronted each other in the course of promoting racial liberation. Elements of Jim Crowism, as a political agenda, are addressed, however, the paper will be reworked and emphasize how the Comintern and sympathizing organizations such as the League Against Imperialism and the International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers' (ITUCNW) included Jim Crow as a political message of resistance.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationThe US South in the Black Atlantic
EditorsElisabeth Engel (GHI Washington), Nicholas Grant (University of East Anglia), Mischa Honeck (GHI Washington)
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventGerman Historical Institute - The US South in the Black Atlantic: Transnational Histories of the Jim Crow South Since 1865
Duration: 4 Jun 20156 Jun 2015


ConferenceGerman Historical Institute

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