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Origins of the DreamHughes's Poetry and King's Rhetoric$
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W. Jason Miller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060446

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060446.001.0001

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Black and Red

Black and Red

Accusations of Subversiveness

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(p.32) 2 Black and Red
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Origins of the Dream
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W. Jason Miller

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060446.003.0002

This chapter examines the repercussions that resulted when King and Hughes were repeatedly accused of being subversive. After providing insight into how Hughes earned his subversive reputation with his links to communism and the Communist Party, the chapter charts the FBI’s interest in figures associated with King such as Stanley Levison, Jack O’Dell, and Bayard Rustin. King’s philosophical understanding of Marxism and the vindictive and personal attacks by J. Edgar Hoover against each of these men establishes the root source of these accusations of subversion. These accusations are one of the reasons why Hughes’s poems were often sub-merged in King’s rhetoric.

Keywords:   Bayard Rustin, communism, Communist Party, FBI, Jack O’Dell, J. Edgar Hoover, Marxism, Stanley Levison

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