Monopoly’s Way of Life—And Death”: The Black Scare, the Red Scare, and We Charge Genocide, 1947-1954

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Date: February 8, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual event
Category: Lecture

“Monopoly’s Way of Life—And Death” draws on Dr. Burden-Stelly's forthcoming manuscript, Black Scare/Red Scare, to explicate anticommunism as a mode of governance that took off as the United States rose to global hegemony and consolidated its leadership of the capitalist world-economy between World War I and the early Cold War. It examines the foundation of anticommunist governance in the particular Black Scare and Red Scare enunciation of what the American Studies scholar Michael Paul Rogin calls the U.S. countersubversive political tradition. Finally, this talk examines the 1951 petition We Charge Genocide: The Historic Petition to the United Nations for Relief from a Crime of the United States Government Against the Negro People and the political and intellectual thought of William Patterson, Claudia Jones, Doxey Wilkerson, W.E.B. Du Bois, and others to illuminate how the intersection of anticommunist governance and the countersubversive political tradition instilled a fascist-like character in U.S. racial capitalist society during the era under consideration.

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