The hostility directed towards the Communist Party in Lonely Crusade has traditionally been read through the paradigms of Cold War anti-Communism. This chapter argues that Lonely Crusade is informed by an anti-Communism, in part engendered by the war-time activities of the CPUSA, rather than by the anti-Communist discourse of the Cold War period. So while the hostility to Communism in the text seems unambiguous, the nature of that hostility is best understood through an investigation of the specific character of the post-Depression CPUSA and its impact on black struggles. Crucially,it is the war, and war-time activities of the Communists, that frame the narrative of Lonely Crusade.
|Title of host publication||Black writers and the Left|
|Place of Publication||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Publisher||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2013|