Anti-Fascism, Anti-Racism and Internationalism in Multiethnic Metropoles

The project analyses global anti-fascist and anti-racist protest in Cape Town, London, New York City and Chicago between the 1930s and the 1950s. The increasing significance of racism in global fascist and extreme right movements during the 1930s was challenged with the formation of interracial, interethnic and internationalist protest practices in anti-fascist spaces that in significant ways extended across class, gender, color and cultural lines. Although the Axis powers were defeated in 1945, the continued resistance against European colonial rule, white supremacy and racial injustice could in the 1950s be framed as a crucial continuation of interwar anti-fascism. The project studies what alliances and conflicts emerged within and between ethnic minorities, left and progressive movements and the role of women active in anti-fascist movements, campaigns, rallies, demonstrations, congresses, and cultural events organized in the project’s four multiethnic metropoles around the anglophone Atlantic.

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