Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Red Scare Racism and Cold War Black Radicalism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

James Zeigler

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781496802385

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496802385.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 21 January 2019

Cold War Civil Rights and Cultural Rhetoric Studies

Cold War Civil Rights and Cultural Rhetoric Studies

(p.3) Introduction Cold War Civil Rights and Cultural Rhetoric Studies
Red Scare Racism and Cold War Black Radicalism

James Zeigler

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter argues for the value of cultural rhetoric studies to examine the influence of anticommunism on the civil rights movement. Drawn from Steven Mailloux’s rhetorical formulation of Foucault’s discourse analysis, the approach is illustrated by a reading of a political cartoon from Ollie Harrington’s Bootsie and Friends. The discussion establishes that state authorities and civil institutions used the emerging Cold War Red Scare to frustrate anti-racist activism that was dedicated to the “Double V” campaign’s promise of following the victory over Nazism with the defeat of Jim Crow fascism in America. Affiliating the book’s investigation of Cold War civil rights with the scholarship of Mary Dudziak, Gerald Horne, Manning Marable, Ellen Schrecker, Penny Von Eschen, and others, the chapter also introduces the topic of black radical responses to the Cold War by Martin Luther King Jr. and the exiled writers Richard Wright, C.L.R. James, and Frank Marshall Davis.

Keywords:   Cold war, Civil rights, Anticommunism, Cultural rhetoric studies, Foucault

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.