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Robin D. G. Kelley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625485

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625485.001.0001

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The March of Southern Youth!

The March of Southern Youth!

(p.195) Eleven The March of Southern Youth!
Hammer and Hoe

Robin D. G. Kelley

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter considers the efforts of Southern youths to reestablish the radical movement in Birmingham. Youth-oriented organizations and those they influenced built a movement focusing on civil rights, full citizenship for African-Americans and poor whites, domestic and international peace, industrial unionism, and the preservation and improvement of American democracy. The people who made up this movement also developed a culture and social world that sought to reproduce, in microcosm, the kind of interracial democracy that they advocated in speeches and handbills. The situation in Birmingham was far from idyllic, with police repression and red-scare politics dominating the local scene. Nonetheless, radicals began the process of rebuilding the bridges that were singed—not burnt—during the Popular Front.

Keywords:   Communists, Birmingham, Communist Party, Communism, Alabama, radical movement, youth organizations

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