Left of Karl Marx

Left of Karl Marx

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In Left of Karl Marx, Carole Boyce Davies assesses the activism, writing, and legacy of Claudia Jones (1915a€“1964), a pioneering Afro-Caribbean radical intellectual, dedicated communist, and feminist. Jones is buried in Londona€™s Highgate Cemetery, to the left of Karl Marxa€”a location that Boyce Davies finds fitting given how Jones expanded Marxism-Leninism to incorporate gender and race in her political critique and activism. Claudia Cumberbatch Jones was born in Trinidad. In 1924, she moved to New York, where she lived for the next thirty years. She was active in the Communist Party from her early twenties onward. A talented writer and speaker, she traveled throughout the United States lecturing and organizing. In the early 1950s, she wrote a well-known column, a€œHalf the World, a€ for the Daily Worker. As the U.S. government intensified its efforts to prosecute communists, Jones was arrested several times. She served nearly a year in a U.S. prison before being deported and given asylum by Great Britain in 1955. There she founded The West Indian Gazette and Afro-Asian Caribbean News and the Caribbean Carnival, an annual London festival that continues today as the Notting Hill Carnival. Boyce Davies examines Jonesa€™s thought and journalism, her political and community organizing, and poetry that the activist wrote while she was imprisoned. Looking at the contents of the FBI file on Jones, Boyce Davies contrasts Jonesa€™s own narration of her life with the federal governmenta€™s. Left of Karl Marx establishes Jones as a significant figure within Caribbean intellectual traditions, black U.S. feminism, and the history of communism.and was not self-supportive, it was not sustainable and therefore could not be the basis of an independent paper. ... Billy Strachan was among those who confirmed this point (interview, March 1997). 24. I am grateful to novelist George Lamming for bringing Schwarza#39;s essay to my attention and for sending me an offprint. Much of ... For example, they shared a mutual friendship with Amy Ashwood Garvey.

Title:Left of Karl Marx
Author: Carole Boyce Davies
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2008-01-15

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