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James and Esther Cooper JacksonLove and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement$
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Sara Rzeszutek Haviland

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166254

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166254.001.0001

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Radical Journalism in the Civil Rights Years

Radical Journalism in the Civil Rights Years

(p.187) 6 Radical Journalism in the Civil Rights Years
James and Esther Cooper Jackson

Sara Rzeszutek Haviland

University Press of Kentucky

After his legal battles subsided, Jack and Esther worked to reestablish their family life. In so doing, they took on independent careers. Esther stopped participating in Communist Party functions and established Freedomways, a quarterly journal of the black freedom movement, with Shirley Graham DuBois. She became the journal’s managing editor, a position she held for twenty-five years. Jack became the editor of the Communist party newspaper The Worker. Both used their editorial positions to comment on the black freedom movement, offer encouragement to young activists, and promote dialogue between freedom movement workers from different generations and perspectives. Esther and Jack’s independent careers reflected the success of their egalitarian approach to marriage and inaugurated a new period of stability in their lives.

Keywords:   James E. Jackson Jr., Esther Cooper Jackson, Civil Rights Movement, McCarran Act, The Worker, Freedomways

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