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Cold War ProgressivesWomen's Interracial Organizing for Peace and Freedom$
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Jacqueline Castledine

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037269

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037269.001.0001

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“Battleships, Atom Bombs, and Lynch Ropes”

“Battleships, Atom Bombs, and Lynch Ropes”

(p.86) Chapter 4 “Battleships, Atom Bombs, and Lynch Ropes”
Cold War Progressives

Jacqueline Castledine

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores how the founding of the Progressive Party (PP) in 1948 was a significant milestone in the lives of Eslanda Goode Robeson, Shirley Graham, and Charlotta Bass, helping to mark their evolution from social activists to public intellectuals. Their success in uniting race and gender emancipation ideologies and connecting them to world peace with the support of mixed-sex, racially integrated organizations complicates critiques that nationalist movements have historically discouraged women's attempts to address feminist concerns. Furthermore, the work of these women in the PP, and in organizations like the Council on African Affairs (CAA) and the Sojourners for Truth and Justice, demonstrates a comprehensive strategy to operate within both political and social movements in an attack against the dehumanizing effects of white supremacy and for the promise of global peace.

Keywords:   Progressive Party, Eslanda Goode Robeson, Shirley Graham, Charlotta Bass, social activism, feminism, Council on African Affairs, Sojourners for Truth and Justice, white supremacy, global peace

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