Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom

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Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom by Keisha N. Blain

By Keisha N. Blain

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Historians of the era generally portray the period between the Garvey movement of the 1920s and the Black Power movement of the 1960s as one of declining black nationalist activism, but Keisha N. Blain reframes the Great Depression, World War II, and the early Cold War as significant eras of black nationalist-and particularly, black nationalist women’s-ferment. In Chicago, Harlem, and the Mississippi Delta, from Britain to Jamaica, these women built alliances with people of color around the globe, agitating for the rights and liberation of black people in the United States and across the African diaspora.

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