THE REVOLUTIONARY LIFE OF PAUL ROBESON: SCHOLAR GERALD HORNE ON THE GREAT ANTI-FASCIST SINGER, ARTIST, AND REBEL

THE REVOLUTIONARY LIFE OF PAUL ROBESON: SCHOLAR GERALD HORNE ON THE GREAT ANTI-FASCIST SINGER, ARTIST, AND REBEL

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July 15 2020, 6:01 a.m. Retrieved July 16, 2020, 7:25 a.m. from the Intercept_ website, here.

Jeremy Scahill, host of Intercepted, a podcast series sponsored by The Intercept, looks to the life of Black artist and communist thinker Paul Robeson, whose life offers insights that guide us all through these crisis times. Robeson’s lifelong commitment to ending systemic racism, winning power for workers and overthrowing fascists around the world was connected to the liberation of Black people in the United States. Professor Gerald Horne, author of Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary and, more recently, The Dawning of the Apocalypse joins Scahill to help elucidate Robeson’s vision and radical contributions…

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From the Intercept: AS DONALD TRUMP campaigns for reelection, he is increasingly sounding like a fanatical Cold War relic, railing against the communists, anarchists, and socialists while pledging to protect the real Americans from this growing Red Menace. This week on Intercepted: As Trump vows to smash leftist movements, we take a comprehensive look at the life of the revolutionary Black socialist, anti-fascist, and artist Paul Robeson. University of Houston historian Gerald Horne, author of “Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary,” discusses Robeson’s life from his early years to his time in Europe on the brink of a fascist war. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson rose to international fame as a singer and actor, but committed himself to the liberation of oppressed people across the globe and was a tenacious fighter for the freedom of Black people in the U.S. Robeson was heavily surveilled by the FBI and CIA, dragged before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and was stripped of his passport by the U.S. government.

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