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The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro PressClaude Barnett's Pan-African News and the Jim Crow Paradox$
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Gerald Horne

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041198

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252041198.001.0001

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Haiti and the Bolshevik Revolution

Haiti and the Bolshevik Revolution

(p.37) Chapter 2 Haiti and the Bolshevik Revolution
The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press

Gerald Horne

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the U.S. occupation of Haiti and the Bolshevik Revolution. Claude Barnett was sufficiently insightful to realize that the U.S. occupation of Haiti, which had commenced in 1915 and was to last until 1934, was not in his or his class's interests. Moreover, as numerous African Americans moved leftward during this same period under the influence of the Bolshevik Revolution and the emergent U.S. Communist Party, Barnett—though a staunch Republican—demonstrated his flexibility by seeking to accommodate them too. Unlike some in his class, Barnett did not instinctively bow to either colonialism or anticommunism. Indeed, the racial and class interests of Barnett directed him toward anticolonialism and thus, in turn, led this Republican toward aligning with a growing left-wing influence among African Americans propelled by the intensified impoverishment brought by the Great Depression.

Keywords:   U.S. occupation, Haiti, Bolshevik Revolution, Claude Barnett, African Americans, U.S. Communist Party, colonialism, anticommunism, anticolonialism, Great Depression

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