Black Bolshevik Autobiography of an Afro American

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  1. Michael Boyte Michael Boyte says:

    There's a lot happening here namely an incredible political memoir Haywood's parents were born slaves he served in a segregated unit in World War was one of the earliest black members of the Communist Party USA helped developed the revolutionary approach to black liberation in the 1930's knew Langston Hughes and Paul Robeson met fucking Stalin fought in the Spanish Civil War organized sharecroppers and the defense of the Scottsboro boys The direct experiences that he recounts are the most valuable the stories from the revolutionary years of the old CP how they organized coal miners and sharecroppers are deeply valuable lessons to this day and the story of putting a party member on trial for white chauvinism as a lesson in the overall struggle is an important rejoinder to the current malaise of identity politics This is not a straightforward memoir I couldn't keep track of his wives and the chapters are structured as much around political struggles as they are chronological While the lived stories of class struggle are deep and moving there's some political problems despite his embrace of Mao in the very last chapter Haywood is uncritical towards the Soviet Union and the Comintern experience

  2. TJ Petrowski TJ Petrowski says:

    Harry Haywood 1898 1985 a veteran of WWI and the Spanish Civil War was a leading African American member of the Communist Party of the USA CPUSA and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union CPSU and one of the main theoreticians of the right of African Americans in the US to self determination His autobiography published in 1978 after he was expelled for his anti revisionist views is less an autobiography and a history of the CPUSA and the CPSU through the perspective of an African American He writes about his experiences during WWI and US efforts to impose Jim Crow segregation to France the trial of Trotsky and the trial of Bukharin Lovestone’s ‘American exceptionalism’ in the CPUSA before 1930 the Spanish Civil War Browder’s liuidationism in the post WWII period and the struggle against revisionism and many other important struggles

  3. Dungaurd Dungaurd says:

    A must read for any communist

  4. Gøran Tande Gøran Tande says:

    This book is basically Forrest Gump written from a radical black perspective Haywood was present for an unbelievable amount of great historical events From recounting his family's descriptions of growing up as children of newly freed slaves and the uick abandonment of Reconstruction to his own experiences with race riots and serving as a black man in WWI through his experiences as a student in Moscow and communist organizer in the US attempting to fight the two headed monster of white chauvinism and myth of American exceptionalism This book not only chronicles an incredible life but also offers an insightful perspective on the Marxist Leninist view on emancipatory nationalism as it relates to black Americans and provides first hand accounts for a counter narrative against various lies we've been told about the Soviet Union in the period of the first decades following the Russian revolution

  5. papafawn papafawn says:

    Vital historical document of the inter party struggles of many black communists in the CPUSA as well as a blazing depiction of the real lives of black people in the US at that time and in many ways today

  6. Imani ♥ ☮ Imani ♥ ☮ says:

    More or less finished Haha long book though so read what I wanted and didn't read what I didn't Honestly trying to move away from reading things I don't want to read

  7. William West William West says:

    Fascinating autobiography of Harry Haywood an important activist in the Communist Party USA in the 1930s when it truly was an influential force in the American Left It was Haywood who first fully developed the notion of African American self determination that Blacks in the US constituted an independent oppressed nation like the minority groups within the prison house of nations of Tsarist Russia Haywood felt that African Americans were owed the option of real self determination within the geographic US an independent Black nation in the Black Belt Haywood lived in an America where the African American community was still very much centered in the “Black Belt” of the south eastern states This geographic and ethnic grouping had been of course systematically depressed by the oppressor nation the United States A bourgeois revolution had almost taken place in the Reconstruction period but had never been finished due to the betrayal and roll back of Reconstruction So Haywood argued the proletariat of the north and the peasantry of the Black Belt were natural allies against the white bourgeoisie of the United States which sought to suppress a proletarian socialist revolution in the North and an agrarian bourgeois revolution in the South Haywood was also a life long self described Stalinist His unwavering support of Stalin which continued after the Khrushchev revelations is somewhat startling for a contemporary reader However given the historical epoch that Haywood lived and worked in his defense of the Stalinist line in relation to Trotsky is somewhat understandable Haywood argues convincingly that Lenin and Stalin understood better than Trotsky the significance for the communist movement of forming an alliance with the peasantry not just within the former Russian prison house of nations but with supporting the bourgeois nationalist revolutions of developing nations be they pre revolutionary Estonia the Black Belt or contemporary Iran These colonial nations were the natural allies of the revolutionary proletariat even if their revolutions would not initially have a socialist character However the book also gives a fascinating account of the relationship of the CP USA to the Soviet leadership and perhaps inadvertenty offers a damning portrait from a communist perspective of the structure of the old Comminturn Since the actions of Communist parties in the major capitalist countries had to meet with the approval of the Soviet leadership then that same leadership would inevitably stifle revolutionary activity in the main capitalist countries in order to avoid provoking a war with the West that would have threatened and potentially destroyed the comfortable position of the Soviet leadership The Comminturn model would never have led to revolution in the West without which as even the Soviet leadership acknowledged the Socialist camp could not have hoped to survive in the long run In historical hind sight Trotsky's emphasis on inciting revolution in the West seems from a communist perspective once again relevant The Comminturn model could never have been successful From a communist perspective it would seem most practical for revolutionary parties to develop independently within each nation evaluating their particular nation's cultural conditions for themselves while respecting and supporting foreign revolutionaries unconditionally

  8. Geoff Geoff says:

    This is one of the useful and informative works I've run into on the history of the Communist Party USA Haywood was a leading member of the Party and one of the folks who formulated the policy of upholding the Black Nation's right to self determination In this autobiography he takes us through his childood and youth his experiences in World War 1 joining the Communist Party living in the Soviet Union fightingin the Spanish Civil War and other struggles against fascism and capital in the 30s and eventually leaving the Party when it completely abandoned revolutionary politics in the 1950s Overall this is useful especially in its exploration of Communism as a vehicle of black liberation struggle Overall the bulk of this is on struggle over political line and not a lot on how it felt to be in the movement Also Haywood is explicitly an unabashed Stalinist and upholds the worst barbarism of the Soviet government and its crushing of working class democracy

  9. Josh Sykes Josh Sykes says:

    This book had a tremendous affect on me It changed the way I understand Black Liberation national oppression and racism in the United States It also clearified my thinking on the history of the Marxist Leninist movement in the US This is probably the most important ML book to come out of the US pretty much ever I am re reading it for the third time

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Black Bolshevik Autobiography of an Afro American Communist [Reading] ➹ Black Bolshevik Autobiography of an Afro American Communist Author Harry Haywood – Black Bolshevik is the autobiography of Harry Haywood the son of former slaves who became a leading member of the Communist Part USA and a pioneering theoretician on the Afro American struggleThe auth Black Bolshevik Autobiography of PDF/EPUB é is the autobiography of Harry Haywood the son of former slaves who became a leading member of the Communist Part USA and a pioneering theoretician on the Afro American struggleThe author’s first hand accounts of the Chicago race riot of the Scottsboro Boys’ defense communist work in the South the Spanish Civil War the battle against the revisionist betrayal of the Party and other history shaping events are must reading for all who are interested in Black history and the working class struggle.

  • Paperback
  • 736 pages
  • Black Bolshevik Autobiography of an Afro American Communist
  • Harry Haywood
  • English
  • 24 March 2015
  • 9780930720537

About the Author: Harry Haywood

From WikipediaHarry Autobiography of PDF/EPUB é Haywood February January was born in South Omaha Nebraska to former slaves Harriet and Haywood Hall He was the youngest of three children Named after his father at birth Haywood Hall Harry Haywood is a pseudonym adopted in Radicalized by the Chicago Race Riot of he was a leading African American member of both the Communist Party of the Uni.