Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement

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What was the relationship between the Cold War and the US Civil Rights Movement?

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One important aspect of this relationship that I would like to add is that numerous black people, including significant figures in the Civil Rights Movement, identified as Communists or were sympathetic to Communism. Such figures included the actor and singer Paul Robeson, who had been vocal about his Communist membership as early as the 1930s, and the writer Richard Wright.

Communists started traveling to the South in the 1930s to develop support among poor, disenfranchised black people. The canvassers saw the struggles for civil rights and human dignity, such as the rights not to be lynched or otherwise terrorized, as part of a larger struggle. Communists played a role, for example, in the trial of the Scottsboro boys and their eventual acquittals. However, Communists saw the boys' plight less as a matter of race or color and more as a class issue. In other words, black people had been reduced to a subordinate class on the basis of color, a problem which they believed could be...

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