The US Antifascism Reader

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Bill V. Mullen, Christopher Vials
Verso Books, Jan 7, 2020 - Political Science - 384 pages
How anti-fascism is as American as apple pie

Since the birth of fascism in the 1920s, well before the global renaissance of “white nationalism,” the United States has been home to its own distinct fascist movements, some of which decisively influenced the course of US history. Yet long before “antifa” became a household word in the United States, they were met, time and again, by an equally deep antifascist current. Many on the left are unaware that the United States has a rich antifascist tradition, because it has rarely been discussed as such, nor has it been accessible in one place. This reader reconstructs the history of US antifascism into the twenty-first century, showing how generations of writers, organizers, and fighters spoke to each other over time.

Spanning the 1930s to the present, this chronologically-arranged, primary source reader is made up of antifascist writings by Americans and by exiles in the US, some instantly recognizable, others long-forgotten. It also includes a sampling of influential writings from the US fascist, white nationalist, and proto-fascist traditions. Its contents, mostly written by people embedded in antifascist movements, include a number of pieces produced abroad that deeply influenced the US left. The collection thus places US antifascism in a global context.
 

Contents

Part
17
in the Time of Dictators 19321941
23
An Estimate
35
Sinclair Lewis from It Cant Happen Here 1935
44
Georgi Dimitrov Working Class Unity
54
William Z Foster Fascist Tendencies in the United States 1935
64
W E B Du Bois Writings on National Socialism 1936
84
Charles Coughlin Not AntiSemitism
97
Alson J Smith The McCarthy Falange 1954
234
Asa Carter and Jesse Mabry The Southerner 1956
244
Part
253
Kathleen Cleaver Racism Fascism and Political Murder 1968
260
Black Panther Party Call for a United Front
267
Old Mole UFAF Conference 1969
273
Part
279
Ken Lawrence The Ku Klux Klan and Fascism 1982
289

American League for Peace and Democracy
109
Felix Morrow All Races Creeds Join Picket Line 1939
122
Avedis Derounian America First Meeting
134
Franklin Roosevelt The Four Freedoms 1941
141
Henry Wallace The Danger of American Fascism 1944
161
Aimé Césaire from Discourse on Colonialism 1950
193
Civil Rights Congress We Charge Genocide 1951
202
Political Committee of the Socialist Workers Party
218
Barbara Ehrenreich Foreword to Male Fantasies 1987
300
Stuart Marshall The Contemporary Political
311
AntiRacist Action AntiRacist Action Primer 1999
326
Mark Bray Trump and Everyday Antifascism
345
Further Reading
353
Index
359
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Bill V. Mullen is Professor of American Studies at Purdue University. He is the author of James Baldwin: Living in Fire (forthcoming, Pluto Press); UnAmerican: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution and Afro-Orientalism. He is co-editor, with Ashley Dawson, of Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities. His articles have appeared in Social Text, African-American Review and American Quarterly. He is a member of the organizing collective of USACBI (US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) and a founding member of the Campus Antifascist Network.

Chris Vials is an Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. He is the author of Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight against Fascism in the United States (2014) as well as numerous pieces on fascism and antifascism in the United States. He has appeared on CBC radio, PBS, and NPR to discuss the history of American fascist and antifascist movements. He is also co-founder of the Neighbor Fund, a non-profit devoted to legal defense for undocumented immigrants in Connecticut.

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