The Black Radical Tradition

A massive PDF compilation of writings about black radical and revolutionary movements in the US in the 20th century.


Black Reconstruction – W.E.B. Du Bois
What Socialism Means to Us – Hubert Harrison
An Appeal to the Conscience of the Black Race to See Itself – Marcus Garvey
Program of the African Blood Brotherhood – The African Blood Brotherhood
Report on the Negro Question – Claude McKay
Application for Membership in the Communist Party – W.E.B. Du Bois
The Negro Nation – Harry Haywood
An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman! – Claudia Jones
The Revolutionary Answer to the Negro Problem in US – C.L.R. James
Revolutionary Nationalism and the Afro-American – Harold Cruse
Is the Black Bourgeoisie the Leader of the Black Liberation Movement? – Harry Haywood with Gwendolyn Midlo Hall
The American Revolution – James Boggs
Message to Grassroots – Malcolm X
The 12-Point Program of RAM – Revolutionary Action Movement
Speech in Beijing – Robert F. Williams
Black Power – Stokely Carmichael
Beyond Vietnam – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Pitfalls of National Consciousness – Frantz Fanon
The Correct Handling of a Revolution – Huey P. Newton
Power Anywhere Where There’s People – Fred Hampton
On the Ideology of the Black Panther Party – Eldridge Cleaver
On the Defection of Eldridge Cleaver … – Huey P. Newton
Prison Letters – George Jackson
White Blindspot – Noel Ignatin
Without a Science of Navigation We Cannot Sail in Stormy Seas – Noel Ignatin
Liberation Will Come from a Black Thing – James Forman
General Program (Here’s Where We’re Coming From) – League of Revolutionary Black Workers
From Repression to Revolution – Ken Cockrel
Black Women’s Manifesto; Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female – Frances M. Beal
Reflections on the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves – Angela Davis
The Combahee River Collective Statement – Combahee River Collective
Negro National Colonial Question – Communist League
Critique of the Black Nation Thesis – Racism Research Project
Revolutionary Review: The Black Nation Thesis – Congress of African People
National Liberation of Puerto Rico and the Responsibilities of the U.S. Proletariat – Puerto Rican Revolutionary Workers Organization
Revolution, the National Question and Asian Americans – I Wor Kuen
Chicano Liberation and Proletarian Revolution – August Twenty-Ninth Movement

This was a preliminary PDF released for reading groups in Oakland and elsewhere by the Communist Research Cluster and Viewpoint Magazine, and forms a rough draft of what will become volume 2 of the CRC series Communist Interventions.

Download The Black Radical Tradition.pdf