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Race, Class, and Solidarity: Robin D.G. Kelley’s Hammer and Hoe

Explore the untold history of African-American political participation during the Great Depression through Robin D.G. Kelley’s book Hammer and Hoe. Uncover the struggles, divisions, and triumphs of Black communists as they fought against racism and fought for worker's rights. Discover how their stories continue to resonate with activists today in the ongoing struggle for solidarity.

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Often excluded from the two major political parties, both of which were expressly or tacitly committed to maintaining white supremacy, many African-Americans found an entry into political participation via the U.S. Community Party. What does this say about the struggle against racism, on the one hand, and American communism, on the other? In his classic Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression, historian Robin D.G. Kelley casts a new light on anti-racist and pro-worker organizing and activism in the Jim Crow south, placing the focus on a diverse array of working-class Communist Party members: Black sharecroppers, white unionists, women, the unemployed, and young people. Largely untethered from Soviet-centered Party orthodoxy, Kelley’s ordinary Alabamans worked from and through local conditions, including a violently repressive police state, to build a vibrant political vehicle that was fundamental to some of the most impactful radical campaigns of the 20th century, from the Scottsboro Boys case to the mobilization of thousands of poor Black and white farmworkers. The challenges experienced by mid-century Black communists continue to resonate with activists today: How do we build solidarity amid divisions of race, class, gender, and sexuality? What are the obstacles to overcoming political isolation? What are the obstacles to overcoming political isolation? Is there a connection between anti-Blackness and anti-communism in the United States?

In this course, we will read Kelley’s Hammer and Hoe in its entirety, exploring each of its central topics: Black self-determination in the Jim-Crow South; divisions between the Black working class Black middle class; the struggle to build Black-white intraracial politics; the creation of the CIO and its consequences for American radical politics; the construction of a popular front; the struggle for civil rights; and the Red Scare. As we read Hammer and Hoe, we will rely on the writings of Vladimir Lenin, Cedric Robinson, Charisse Burden-Stelly, Mark Solomon, and Mark Naison, among others. We will ask: what was the contribution of Black people to the Communist movement in the United States? To what extent do class divisions impede fights against racism? What does it mean to build an interracial movement? What is the legacy of the U.S. Communist Party, and what is its relevance to the Civil Rights movement a few decades later? Can fights for economic equality be undertaken separately from fights against racism, and vice versa?

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