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Trinity of PassionThe Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade$
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Alan M. Wald

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830758

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882368_wald

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A Rage in Harlem

A Rage in Harlem

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Trinity of Passion

Alan M. Wald

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the organizations and publications that sought to lead as well as to express the tradition of the Left. It notes that these organizations and publications experienced public defections, mysterious losses, and the arrival of ambitious younger voices. The chapter explains how in February 1942, the Reverend Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (1908–72), a flamboyant Harlem politician nicknamed “King of the Cats” by his biographer, launched an iconoclastic African American newsweekly that had Far Left politics. It names the publication as People's Voice, which was published in an office atop the Woolworth's Department Store at 210 West 125th Street, across the street from the Apollo Theater. The chapter observes that the paper's editorial manifesto called World War II “one of the great crossroads of history,” which invoked the obligation of all people to forge a unity against fascism.

Keywords:   defections, Adam Clayton Powell, Harlem, People's Voice, Far Left, African American, World War II, fascism

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