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Guide to the James E. Jackson Audiotapes Collection OH.057

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jackson, James E., 1914-2007
Title: James E. Jackson Audiotapes Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1960s-1980s
Abstract: James E. Jackson (1914-2007) was an African American communist and civil rights activist, best known for his role in founding and leading the Southern Negro Youth Congress (1937-1948). He was head of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) Louisiana state organization in 1946, and was a Party organizer in the automobile industry in Detroit from 1947-50. He then moved to New York, becoming the Southern Director for the Communist Party. In 1951 he was indicted under the Smith Act (charged with advocating the overthrow of the government), and became a fugitive until 1955. He later served as the Communist Party's Educational Director and as International Affairs Secretary, retiring in 1991. The collection contains recordings of lectures and speeches given by Jackson, as well as talks by other Party leaders, including Gus Hall and Henry Winston.
Quantity: 373.0 items
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: OH.057