By the late 1930s The Crisis could claim that in Harlem ‘Spanish Freedom and Negro freedom were made to be synonymous’ and nearly 100 African Americans joined what is now referred to as the Abraham Lincoln Brigade to ﬁght for the Spanish Republic. The chapter shows that the links made between racism and fascism by black activists were informed by the lived experience of ‘race’ in the US and also by the ambitious and dynamic race/ class politics of the black Left. As victims of the ‘domestic fascism’ of Jim Crow many of these activists pointed to their vanguard role in ﬁghting fascism at home and abroad and presented an anti-fascist vision which was dependent on anti-racist transnationalism.
|Title of host publication||Anti-Fascism in a Global Perspective|
|Subtitle of host publication||Transnational Networks, Exile Communities, and Radical Internationalism|
|Editors||Kasper Braskén , Nigel Copsey , David Featherstone|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Sep 2020|
|Name||Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right|
- American Studies
- Spanish Civil War
- Jim Crow
- Transnational networks
Bergin, C. (2020). African American Internationalism and Anti-Fascism. In K. Braskén , N. Copsey , & D. Featherstone (Eds.), Anti-Fascism in a Global Perspective: Transnational Networks, Exile Communities, and Radical Internationalism (pp. 254-273). (Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right). London.