Red Seas: Ferdinand Smith and Radical Black Sailors in the United States and Jamaica

Voorkant
NYU Press, 20 jun. 2005 - 359 pagina's

During the heyday of the U.S. and international labor movements in the 1930s and 1940s, Ferdinand Smith, the Jamaican-born co-founder and second-in-command of the National Maritime Union (NMU), stands out as one of the most—if not the most—powerful black labor leaders in the United States. Smith’s active membership in the Communist Party, however, coupled with his bold labor radicalism and shaky immigration status, brought him under continual surveillance by U.S. authorities, especially during the Red Scare in the 1950s. Smith was eventually deported to his homeland of Jamaica, where he continued his radical labor and political organizing until his death in 1961.
Gerald Horne draws on Smith’s life to make insightful connections between labor radicalism and the Civil Rights Movement—demonstrating that the gains of the latter were propelled by the former and undermined by anticommunism. Moreover, Red Seas uncovers the little-known experiences of black sailors and their contribution to the struggle for labor and civil rights, the history of the Communist Party and its black members, and the significant dimensions of Jamaican labor and political radicalism.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

Sailing from Jamaica
1
Sailing the Red Seas
16
Perilous Waters
35
The Black Ocean
57
Few Safe Harbors
81
Wind in Their Sails
100
Storm Signals
121
Storm at Sea
143
Black Labor at Sea
191
Dropping Anchor in Jamaica
217
On the Beach
244
The Final Voyage of Ferdinand Smith
267
Epilogue
285
Notes
293
Index
333
About the Author
359

Walking the Plank
167

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Pagina 10 - No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail ; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned'.

Over de auteur (2005)

Gerald Horne is Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, and has published three dozen books including, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the USA and Race War! White Supremacy and the Japanese Attack on the British Empire.

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