A useful, well-researched reminder that the US struggle for racial civic inclusion domestically and anticolonial fairness internationally was more ideologically and tactically diverse than popularly portrayed….Recommended.
Illuminatingly covers the Southern Negro Youth Congress and the Council on African Affairs, two very important organizations in US history but very much understudied.
--African American Intellectual History Society
Those wishing to explore the CAA or the SNYC or the connections between the U.S. South and the black freedom and anticolonial struggles will be glad that Swindall had helped enrich that understanding.
--Journal of American History
Adds much-needed texture to the growing historiography on African American protest politics and the global understandings of racism during the 1930s and 1940s.
--American Historical Review
Joins a growing number of monographs that complicate our understanding of how the anticolonial struggle outside the United States influenced American civil rights activists. . . .[and] illuminates the civil rights movement’s persistence despite the postwar Red Scare.
--North Carolina Historical Review
Presents a cogent and succinct examination of the black left during the Great Depression, World War II, and the early Cold War. . . .[and] does a brilliant job defending its central thesis with insightful sources.
--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
Invites scholars and students of social movements to consider the global intersectionality of two under-examined equal rights organizations of the 20th century, placing the scholarship on the southern civil rights campaigns in conversation with works on the anticolonial struggles in the global South.
--Journal of African American History