• Hammer and Hoe

  • Alabama Communists During the Great Depression
  • By: Robin D. G. Kelley
  • Narrated by: David Sadzin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking contribution to the history of the "long Civil Rights movement", Hammer and Hoe tells the story of how, during the 1930s and '40s, Communists took on Alabama's repressive, racist police state to fight for economic justice, civil and political rights, and racial equality.

The Alabama Communist Party was made up of working people without a Euro-American radical political tradition: devoutly religious and semiliterate Black laborers and sharecroppers, and a handful of Whites, including unemployed industrial workers, housewives, youth, and renegade liberals. In this book, Robin D. G. Kelley reveals how the experiences and identities of these people from Alabama's farms, factories, mines, kitchens, and city streets shaped the party's tactics and unique political culture. The result was a remarkably resilient movement forged in a racist world that had little tolerance for radicals.

After discussing the book's origins and impact in a new preface written for this 25th-anniversary edition, Kelley reflects on what a militantly antiracist, radical movement in the heart of Dixie might teach contemporary social movements confronting rampant inequality, police violence, mass incarceration, and neoliberalism.

©1990 The University of North Carolina Press (P)2020 Tantor

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