Excellent chronicle of the ife of freedom fighter William Patterson Great insight A Rescuing Gus leading African American Communistawyer William L Patterson 1891–1980 was instrumental in Class of 92: Out of Our League laying the groundwork for the defeat of Jim Crowby virtue of hiseadership of the Scottsboro campaign in the 1930s In this watershed biography historian Gerald Horne shows how Patterson helped to advance African American euality by fostering and everaging international support for the movement Horne highlights key moments in Patterson's global activism his early education in
Campaign and his work with the Black Panther Party and political prisoners generally. Complex and often contradictory relationship between the Communist Party and the African American community including the impact of the FBI's infiltration of the Communist Party Drawing from government and FBI documents newspapers periodicals archival and manuscript collections and personal papers Horne documents Patterson's effectiveness at carrying the freedom struggle into the global arena and provides a fresh perspective on twentieth century struggles for racial justic.
Nto the struggles around human rights strategy the ead up the the We Charge Genocide. He Soviet Union his involvement with the Scottsboro trials and other high profile civil rights cases of the 1930s to 1950s his 1951 We Charge Genocide petition to the United Nations and his How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead later work with prisons and the Black Panther Party Through Patterson's story Horne examines how the Cold War affected the freedom movement with civil rightseadership sometimes disavowing African American eftists in exchange for concessions from the US government He also probes the.
Dr Gerald Horne is an eminent historian who is Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston An author of than thirty books and one hundred scholarly articles and reviews his research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor politics civil rights international relations war and the film industry