- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Pathfinder Pr (February 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873485572
- ISBN-13: 978-0873485579
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leon Trotsky on Black Nationalism and Self Determination Paperback – February, 1994
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In his discussion with Arne Swabeck, Trotsky takes the same position as the Stalinist Communist Party: Blacks are an oppressed nation, and therefore have the right to form their own independent state, presumably somewhere in the American South. (This was also Lenin's position.) He even says that Blacks speak their own language, perhaps a reference to Gullah. Swabeck, by contrast, takes the “integrationist” position more typical of latter-day Trotskyists. In a later discussion, the topic shifts from the South to the North, where Trotsky and James (at the time a supporter of the Trotskyist movement) wanted to create an independent Black political organization, a kind of civil rights movement.Read more ›
This book is the record of meetings that Trotsky, leader of the opposition to Joseph Stalin, held in exile in Turkey and Mexico with his followers. Their purpose was to hammer out a Marxist position on the struggle for Black liberation in the U.S. and to campaign against the racism that divided the working class.
Readers of this book can gain an understanding of the historical depth of Black oppression, and how an alliance of white and Black workers can be won. Trotsky was in agreement with Lenin on the defense of the right of oppressed nations to self-determination.