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The Black Cultural Front – Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation - University Press of Mississippi
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The Black Cultural Front: Black Writers and Artists of the Depression Generation

Brian Dolinar


This book describes how the social and political movements that grew out of the Depression facilitated the left turn of several African American artists and writers. The Communist-led John Reed Clubs brought together black and white writers in writing collectives. The Congress of Industrial Organizations’s effort to recruit black workers inspired growing interest in the labor movement. One of the most concerted efforts was made by the National Negro Congress (NNC), a coalition of civil rights and labor organizations, which held cultural panels at its national conferences, fought segregation in ... More

Keywords: political movements, Depression, African American artists, John Reed Clubs, writing collectives, black workers, labor movement, National Negro Congress, civil rights, labor organizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617032691
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032691.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Dolinar, author