C.L.R. James: Herbert Aptheker’s Invisible Man

Clr James Journal 19 (1/2):276-297 (2013)

Anthony T. Flood
North Dakota State University
Scholars are grateful to Cyril Lionel Robert James (1901-1989) and Herbert Aptheker (1915-2003) for their pioneering work in the field of slave revolts. What they've virtually never mentioned, however, let alone explored, was Aptheker’s practice of rendering James invisible. It is highly improbable that Aptheker did not know either of James or of his noteworthy study of the Haitian Revolution, given that the latter was related to the slave revolts that Aptheker did study. Aptheker’s neglect of James was not an anomaly, but rather symptomatic of an ideology that rationalized extreme oppression.
Keywords Herbert Aptheker  C. L. R. James  slave revolts  Stalinism  partisanship  objectivity
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DOI 10.5840/clrjames2013191/215
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