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By Robin D. G. Kelley

A groundbreaking contribution to the historical past of the "long Civil Rights movement," Hammer and Hoe tells the tale of ways, through the Thirties and 40s, Communists took on Alabama's repressive, racist police nation to struggle for monetary justice, civil and political rights, and racial equality.

The Alabama Communist celebration was once made from operating humans with out a Euro-American radical political culture: devoutly non secular and semiliterate black employees and sharecroppers, and a handful of whites, together with unemployed commercial employees, housewives, formative years, and renegade liberals. during this ebook, Robin D. G. Kelley unearths how the stories and identities of those humans from Alabama's farms, factories, mines, kitchens, and town streets formed the Party's strategies and special political tradition. the outcome used to be a remarkably resilient move cast in a racist international that had little tolerance for radicals.

After discussing the book's origins and effect in a brand new preface written for this twenty-fifth-anniversary version, Kelley displays on what a militantly antiracist, radical stream within the middle of Dixie could train modern social activities confronting rampant inequality, police violence, mass incarceration, and neoliberalism.

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