The Negro and the Communist Party and Communism Versus the Negro
By Wilson Record and William A. Nolan
University of North Carolina Press and Regnery, 1951, 340276 pp.
Two competent books dealing with the profoundly important fact that despite their past and present difficulties and frustrations the Negroes of the United States have simply not been attracted to Communism. The explanation advanced by both authors is broadly the same: the feeling on the part of the Negroes that their expectations can be met within the framework of the American constitutional system and, just as important, that the Communist Negro program is designed not to promote the welfare of the Negro but as an adjunct of Soviet foreign policy. The result has been a series of disillusioning zigzags in the party line.