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IN T RO DUC T I O N intertwinings of Black nationalist and Old Left movements in the interwar years. This chapter demonstrates that the activism and analysis of African American women on the Old Left such as Maude White Katz and Louise Thompson Patterson laid grounds for postwar Black feminism. I contextualize the Black materialist feminism of Claudia Jones in the 1940s and explain how it was fostered on the cultural front by journals such as Freedom and Freedomways and organizations such as the Harlem Writers Guild and the Cultural Association for Women of African Heritage (CAWAH).
I contextualize the Black materialist feminism of Claudia Jones in the 1940s and explain how it was fostered on the cultural front by journals such as Freedom and Freedomways and organizations such as the Harlem Writers Guild and the Cultural Association for Women of African Heritage (CAWAH). The next five chapters look at how prominent women writers of the postwar Black Left articulated and revised Black internationalist feminism. Each chapter focuses on a single author in order to attend to the depth and breadth of their literary and political engagements.
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