Modern John Brown: Herbert Aptheker

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Wed Oct 11 08:01:36 PDT 2000

>>> Jim at 10/10/00 06:50PM >>>

I remember reading around the research project that became Gunnar Myrdal's big book on race. I think Aptheker was initially involved in some of the research but then witch-hunted out. He wrote an (intemperate, IMHO) critique of Myrdal.


CB: Intemperate, radical, whatever. Myrdal wrote a liberal analysis of U.S. racism. Aptheker , an associate of the eminent African American scholar W.E.B. Dubois and Marxist, wrote a critique from a Marxist and Black radical standpoint. I don't know anybody radical who thinks Gunnar Myrdal had any special insights on race in the U.S.

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