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The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer WorldSouthern Civil Rights and Anticolonialism, 1937-1955$
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Lindsey R. Swindall

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049922

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049922.001.0001

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Cold War Consequences

Cold War Consequences

The Council on African Affairs in Decline, 1950–1955

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The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World

Lindsey R. Swindall

University Press of Florida

The final chapter considers consequences of the Cold War climate while tracing the decline of the Council on Affairs during the early 1950s. By this time, the group has lost members, can no longer host events in public venues like Madison Square Garden, and must defend itself against the government's subversive classification. Even through this taxing period, the Council produced its newsletter and praised the nonalignment conference in Bandung, Indonesia. Yet court subpoenas and financial hardship eventually closed the doors of the Council's offices permanently. This chapter points out that the Council's work filled an important gap in the history of the Pan-African Congress movement and maintains that the group's advocacy set a vital precedent for subsequent organizations like TransAfrica. This chapter also maintains that Freedom newspaper was a consequence of the Cold War. As the mainstream press adopted an anticommunist outlook, long-distance political runners from SNYC and the Council formed Freedom to advance a progressive viewpoint during some of the most suppressive years of the early Cold War. The short-lived newspaper offered an alternative vision of freedom that countered Cold War loyalty and conformity with calls for freedom from Jim Crow and freedom for colonized people.

Keywords:   Cold War, Pan-Africanism, Anticommunism

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