Black Bolshevik

Black Bolshevik is the powerful story of one black man’s search for answers, from growing up in Omaha, to Minnesota, to Chicago, to Harlem, to France and World War I, to Africa, to Moscow, and back to Harlem USA, struggling every step of the way. This is not merely a search for answers for ‘self,’ but answers for all oppressed people whom Franz Fanon has called ‘the wretched of the earth.’

John Oliver Killens, novelist


Black Bolshevik. Autobiography of an Afro-American Communist (call number)

About Harry Haywood

Harry Haywood was born in South Omaha, Nebraska, on February 4, 1898, the son of former slaves. He was a soldier in France during World War I and arrived home during the 1919 riots in Chicago. His experiences led him to become involved in the revolutionary African Blood Brotherhood. Attracted by the Russian Revolution, he joined the Young Communist League in 1923 and later the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA). (Read more)

Harry Haywood Papers  1928-1985, Collection finding aid (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

African American revolutionary communist and theoretician of Black nationalism, joined Communist Youth League in 1923 and later communist Party U.S.A., studied at Lenin Institute and worked for the Comintern, member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spanish Civil War, author of Black Liberation (1948) and Black Bolshevik (1977). Papers include correspondence, speeches, text and notes for his writing and Communist Party material.

Harry Haywood Papers 1948-1981, Collection finding aid (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library)

Harry Haywood Internet Archive (Marxists Internet Archive)





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