African American Internationalism and Anti-Fascism

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnti-Fascism in a Global Perspective
Subtitle of host publicationTransnational Networks, Exile Communities, and Radical Internationalism
EditorsKasper Braskén , Nigel Copsey , David Featherstone
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780429058356
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right


  • race
  • American Studies
  • Spanish Civil War
  • Jim Crow
  • fascism
  • Transnational networks

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    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)..