This Master’s thesis looks at the solidarities of black radicals in the mid-20th century and traces how they evolved in contact with the Cuban Revolution. I argue that the Cuban Revolution refracted and altered existing threads of black radical solidarity by acting as a discursive site for theorizing and debating the tactics and ideology of black freedom. This resulted in the strengthening of black American Third World identity, the proliferation of a colonial understanding of the black condition, and the development of competing forms of black nationalism. This thesis positions the Cuban Revolution as a definitive moment in black radical intellectual history which did not necessarily originate any of the major threads of black radical solidarity, but which had a profound impact on the ways that the animating ideas of mid-20th century black radicalism were theorized and expressed from the 1960s through the 1970s and beyond.
|Commitee:||Penvenne, Jeanne, Sullivan, Frances|
|School Location:||United States -- Massachusetts|
|Source:||MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, Black studies, Black history|
|Keywords:||Black nationalism, Black radical tradition, Cuban revolution, Intellectual history, Solidarity, Transnational|
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