The Narrative of Hosea Hudson

The Life and Times of a Black Radical

Hosea Hudson (Author), Nell Irvin Painter (Editor, Author)

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“Among the many exemplary qualities of this narrative and its hero is their lack of sentimentality. For Hosea Hudson, there is no romance of American Communism; instead, his relationship with the Communist Party is a model of mutual exploitation. . . . [A] marvelous book. Moving, fearful, and funny, Hudson and Painter’s Narrative is as valuable an American life as has ever been wrested from anonymity.” —Benita Eisler, The Nation

Born into a Georgia sharecropper family in 1898, Hosea Hudson moved to Birmingham, Alabama, to work in the steel mills in the turbulent 1930s and 1940s and became a member of the Communist Party as well as president of a CIO union local. It was a hard, dangerous life, to be black and communist and pro-union, and Hudson talked about that life to Nell painter, who brilliantly recreates it in this collaborative oral autobiography.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • November 1993
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31015-3
  • 6.1 × 9.4 in
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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