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Langston Hughes Was a Lifelong Socialist

Billy Anania Jacobin
In the 30s and 40s, Langston Hughes wrote poetic tributes to the working class and socialist leaders worldwide. Some critics allege he abandoned his principles later in life, but they ignore the role of McCarthyist oppression and Hughes’s resistance.

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New York Is Now

Omari Weekes Bookforum
Acclaimed novelist Whitehead offers a crime novel set in 1960s Harlem.

Who’s the Real Wolf?

Kevin Okoth London Review of Books
A review of Claude McKay's "Romance in Marseille"

Notes From the Underground

Scott McLemee Inside Higher Ed
For the first time, Richard Wright's 1942 novel about a wrongly accused Black man is seeing the light of day. Wright was testing the outer limits of what the white novel-reading public would have found imaginable.

A New Civil Rights Movement, a New Journal

Geoffrey Jacques jstor
Freedomways, the African American journal of politics and culture chronicled the civil rights and Black freedom movements starting in the early 1960s.

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The Margins Will Not Hold

Gene Seymour Bookforum
This new publication brings the work of this astonishing novelist, a satirist and humorist of biting insight, to new audiences.
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