Chapter one discusses the origins of each organization separately but within the scope of contemporary issues including the Depression, the international spread of fascism, the organizing of the Communist Party in the U.S., and the global network of people from the African diaspora located in London. The section on the Youth Congress considers its creation along with that of the National Negro Congress. Tracing its early conferences and campaigns, this portion of the chapter charts the activity of SNYC from its inception to 1941 while paying special attention to the strategies and political, social, and cultural goals of the group. The part of the chapter focusing on the Council concentrates on the creation of the group and assessing its earliest publications since it was not a mass organization but rather aimed to disseminate information. The special rapport between the Council and activists in South Africa is established as is the affiliation between the group's leaders and the region of the US South.
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