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Title:Africans and Black Americans in the COMINTERN Schools, 1925-1934
Author:McClellan, Woodford
Year:1993
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Volume:26
Issue:2
Pages:371-390
Language:English
Geographic term:Soviet Union
Subjects:race relations
foreign students
Education and Oral Traditions
international relations
History and Exploration
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/219551
Abstract:Based on just-released documents, the present report illuminates the position of Africans and black Americans in Comintern schools during the period 1925-1934. The first blacks to study in Moscow encountered contradictions and dilemmas with which they were ill equipped to cope. Various episodes and attitudes are enumerated which reveal a more antagonistic situation with regard to race relations than either Soviet reports or most black memoirs and other accounts have indicated. The racism they experienced in Soviet Russia disillusioned the students and other black visitors because it so blatantly contradicted the new regime's official posture. But Soviet authorities did take complaints of mistreatment and discrimination seriously. At the Comintern schools, the atmosphere for blacks, if far from ideal, ranked as the best anywhere in the world from both the educational and the personal standpoint. The black students' dissatisfaction with material conditions reflected the quasibourgeois background of some of them and a certain insensitivity to both cultural differences and the difficulties that confronted Soviet society. App., notes, ref.
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