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Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression

Robin D. G. Kelley


This book studies the history of the “long Civil Rights movement,” and tells the story of how, during the 1930s and 1940s, Communists took on Alabama's repressive, racist police state to fight for economic justice, civil and political rights, and racial equality. The Alabama Communist Party was made up of working people without a Euro-American radical political tradition: devoutly religious and semiliterate black laborers and sharecroppers, and a handful of whites, including unemployed industrial workers, housewives, youth, and renegade liberals. This book reveals how the experiences and ident ... More

Keywords: long Civil Rights movement, Alabama, police, Alabama Communist Party, Dixie, neoliberalism, black laborers, sharecroppers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469625485
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin D. G. Kelley, author