Against the Grain

Du Bois on Stalin’s U.S.S.R.

What accounts for the allegiance W. E. B. Du Bois professed to Stalin’s U.S.S.R.? What did the influential African American thinker and writer believe had happened to white supremacy and racial prejudice in the Soviet Union? According to Vaughn Rasberry, Du Bois believed that emerging communist nations like the U.S.S.R. had the right to experiment, and to fail. (Encore presentation.)

Vaughn Rasberry, Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination Harvard University Press, 2016

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