Date of Submission

Spring 2016

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Historical Studies

Project Advisor 1

Tabetha Ewing

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This project looks into the lives of three Black Americans: W.E.B Du Bois, Paul Robeson, and Robert Robinson. In the mid twentieth century, Du Bois and Robeson were Black radicals. However, their politics were incompatible with the changing Cold War political climate. Eventually, they were ostracized and their radical legacies were undermined and transmitted through a liberal framework. As for Robert Robinson, he was a Black Subaltern whose story is not well known. He has lived in the Soviet Union for over 44 years, most of which was against his will. The purpose of this project if to uncover the silences of their lives in the context of the Cold War.

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