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Thyra J. Edwards, black activist in the global freedom struggle, Gregg Andrews

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Thyra J. Edwards, black activist in the global freedom struggle
Title
Thyra J. Edwards, black activist in the global freedom struggle
Statement of responsibility
Gregg Andrews
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.97.E347
LC item number
A53 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Summary expansion
In 1938, a black newspaper in Houston paid front-page tribute to Thyra J. Edwards as the embodiment of THE SPIRIT OF AFRAMERICAN WOMANHOOD. Edwards was a world lecturer, journalist, social worker, labor organizer, womens rights advocate, and civil rights activistan undeniably important figure in the social struggles of the first half of the twentieth century. She experienced international prominence throughout much of her life, from the early 1930s to her death in 1953, but has received little attention from historians in years since. Gregg AndrewssThyra J. Edwards: Black Activist in the Global Freedom Struggleis the first book-length biographical study of this remarkable, historically significant woman. Edwards, granddaughter of runaway slaves, grew up in Jim Crowera Houston and started her career there as a teacher. She moved to Gary, Indiana, and Chicago as a social worker, then to New York as a journalist, and later became involved with the Communist Party, attracted by its stance on race and labor. She was mentored by famed civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph, who became her special friend and led her to pursue her education. She obtained scholarships to college, and after several years of study in the U.S. and then in Denmark, she became a womens labor organizer and a union publicist. In the 1930s and 1940s, she wrote about international events for black newspapers, traveling to Europe, Mexico, and the Soviet Union and presenting an anti-imperialist critique of world affairs to her readers. Edwardss involvement with the Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War, her work in a Jewish refugee settlement in Italy, and her activities with U.S. communists drew the attention of the FBI. She was harassed by government intelligence organizations until she died at the age of just fifty-five. Edwards contributed as much to the radical foundations of the modern civil rights movements as any other woman of her time. This fascinating new biographydetails Thyra Edwardss lifelong journey and myriad achievements, describing both her personal and professional sides and the many ways they intertwined. Gregg Andrews used Edwardss official FBI filealong with her personal papers, published articles, and civil rights manuscript collectionsto present a complete portrait of this noteworthy activist. An engaging volume for the historian as well as the general reader, Thyra J. Edwardsexplores the complete domestic and international impact of her life and actions
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Thyra J. Edwards, black activist in the global freedom struggle, Gregg Andrews
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-228) and index
Contents
  • Introduction : "the spirit of Aframerican womanhood" -- Texas roots of rebellion under the chinaberry tree -- Social work and racial uplift in Gary, Indiana -- Getting a labor education in Illinois, New York, and Denmark -- Chain smoking and thinking "Black" from Red Square to Nazi Germany -- Building a popular front in Chicago -- Conducting educational travel seminars to Europe -- With Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War -- With health problems and the Spanish Loyalist refugees in Mexico -- The Double V years and marriage in New York City -- The final years in Italy
  • Introduction: "The spirit of Aframerican womanhood" -- Texas roots of rebellion under the chinaberry tree -- Social work and racial uplift in Gary, Indiana -- Getting a labor education in Illinois, New York, and Denmark -- Chain smoking and thinking "black" from Red Square to Nazi Germany -- Building a popular front in Chicago -- Conducting educational travel seminars to Europe -- With Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War -- With health problems and the Spanish Loyalist refugees in Mexico -- The Double V years and marriage in New York City -- The final years in Italy
Control code
671703397
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 243 p.
Isbn
9780826219121
Other physical details
ill, ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)671703397
Label
Thyra J. Edwards, black activist in the global freedom struggle, Gregg Andrews
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-228) and index
Contents
  • Introduction : "the spirit of Aframerican womanhood" -- Texas roots of rebellion under the chinaberry tree -- Social work and racial uplift in Gary, Indiana -- Getting a labor education in Illinois, New York, and Denmark -- Chain smoking and thinking "Black" from Red Square to Nazi Germany -- Building a popular front in Chicago -- Conducting educational travel seminars to Europe -- With Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War -- With health problems and the Spanish Loyalist refugees in Mexico -- The Double V years and marriage in New York City -- The final years in Italy
  • Introduction: "The spirit of Aframerican womanhood" -- Texas roots of rebellion under the chinaberry tree -- Social work and racial uplift in Gary, Indiana -- Getting a labor education in Illinois, New York, and Denmark -- Chain smoking and thinking "black" from Red Square to Nazi Germany -- Building a popular front in Chicago -- Conducting educational travel seminars to Europe -- With Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War -- With health problems and the Spanish Loyalist refugees in Mexico -- The Double V years and marriage in New York City -- The final years in Italy
Control code
671703397
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 243 p.
Isbn
9780826219121
Other physical details
ill, ports.
System control number
(OCoLC)671703397

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