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A journey begins
Early sojourners Claude McKay and Otto Huiswood : shaping the "Negro question"
Harry Haywood, Kutva, and training black cadres
W.E.B. Du Bois and the Soviet experiment
Robert Robinson and the technical specialists
George Washington Carver, Oliver Golden, and the Soviet experiment
The agricultural specialists journey to the Soviet Union
Langston Hughes and the black and white film group
Paul Robeson's search for a society free of racism
The expatriates : the purges, the war years, and beyond
William "Bill" Davis, the American national exhibit, and U.S. public diplomacy
The Cold War, solidarity building, and the recruitment of new sojourners.
One of the most compelling, yet little known stories of race relations in the twentieth century is the account of blacks who chose to leave the United States to be involved in the Soviet Experiment in the 1920s and 1930s. Frustrated by the limitations imposed by racism in their home country, African Americans were lured by the promise of opportunity abroad. A number of them settled there, raised families, and became integrated into society. The Soviet economy likewise reaped enormous benefits from the talent and expertise that these individuals brought, and the all around success story became a platform for political leaders to boast their party goals of creating a society where all members were equal.In "Blacks, Reds, and Russians", Joy Gleason Carew offers insight into the political strategies that often underlie relationships between different peoples and countries. She draws on the autobiographies of key sojourners, including Harry Haywood and Robert Robinson, in addition to the writings of Claude McKay, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Langston Hughes. Interviews with the descendents of figures such as Paul Robeson and Oliver Golden offer rare personal insights into the story of a group of emigrants who, confronted by the daunting challenges of making a life for themselves in a racist United States, found unprecedented opportunities in communist Russia. (source: Nielsen Book Data)