This week we will be featuring The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s, by Mary Helen Washington on our blog, twitter, and facebook.
We are also offering a FREE copy of The Other Blacklist to a lucky winner. To enter the contest please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your name and address. The winner will be selected Friday, April 11 at 3:00 pm.
In The Other Blacklist, Mary Helen Washington recovers the vital role of 1950s leftist politics in the works and lives of modern African American writers and artists. While most histories of McCarthyism focus on the devastation of the blacklist and the intersection of leftist politics and American culture, few include the activities of radical writers and artists from the Black Popular Front. Washington’s work incorporates these black intellectuals back into our understanding of mid-twentieth-century African American literature and art and expands our understanding of the creative ferment energizing all of America during this period.
For more on the book, read an excerpt from the introduction.