Date of Award
M.A. in History
Rebecca K. Marchiel
University of Mississippi
This thesis examines the methods and means by which the Communist Party of theUnited States organized in the US South during the 1930s. With a focus on the â€œNegro Questionâ€, I hope to show that local, rather than national or international, concerns animated CPUSA organizing. To that end, the records of James S. Allen, a key CPUSA theoretician, are used to explore the relationships between local Southern sub-organizations and the CPUSA leadership. His organizing in the South is crucial to the avenues that Communists organized and utilized his writings to shape Party policy and engagement with African Americans of the South. This thesis also plays close attention to the Scottsboro Trial as a key moment of mass mobilization and party reception as the American Communist Party organized demonstrations and support to the International Labor Defense with Allenâ€™s influence and expertise within the Party. With the ILDâ€™s support of the Scottsboro Trial, the inroads and organization of the CPUSA in the South were greatly aided and served as an example of Southern organization of the Communist party and Allenâ€™s impact as a scholar and promoter of a Communist Answer to the â€œNegro Question.â€
Harwood, Jonathan Dale, "James S. Allen and Communist Organization of the Depression South in the 1930s" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2374.