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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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Freedomways, the Communist Party USA, and Black Freedom in the Post–Civil Rights Years

Freedomways, the Communist Party USA, and Black Freedom in the Post–Civil Rights Years

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(p.229) 7 Freedomways, the Communist Party USA, and Black Freedom in the Post–Civil Rights Years
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James and Esther Cooper Jackson
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Sara Rzeszutek Haviland

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813166254.003.0008

As the civil rights movement gave way to black nationalism, Black Power, and urban unrest, Freedomways and the Communist Party worked to navigate these changes. Jack remained committed to Party work despite its waning relevance, but his writings on the Angela Davis case and on Vietnam offer examples of his commitment to pressing issues. For Esther, a Popular Front approach to her work at the Freedomways allowed discussion, debate, and the promotion of a range of views on the journal’s pages. Freedomways also became a central part of the transformation of black history and black studies in the 1970s and 1980s. As managing editor, Esther shaped the journal by soliciting, selecting, and publishing articles and responding to correspondence. Esther and Jack continued to support one another while they developed their independent careers and activism.

Keywords:   James E. Jackson Jr., Esther Cooper Jackson, Communist Party USA, Black Nationalism, Freedomways, Black Studies

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