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Black Revolutionary: William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle

Gerald Horne


A leading African American Communist, lawyer William L. Patterson (1891–1980) was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the defeat of Jim Crow by virtue of his leadership of the Scottsboro campaign in the 1930s. This watershed biography shows how Patterson helped to advance African American equality by fostering and leveraging international support for the movement. The book highlights key moments in Patterson's global activism: his early education in the Soviet Union, his involvement with the Scottsboro trials and other high-profile civil rights cases of the 1930s to 1950s, his 1951 “We C ... More

Keywords: William L. Patterson, Jim Crow, Scottsboro campaign, African American equality, global activism, civil rights, Black Panther Party, racial justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037924
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037924.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald Horne, author
University of Houston