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The fight for freedom must be fought on all fronts: “Liberator” magazine and Black radicalism, 1960–1971

Christopher Matthew Tinson, University of Massachusetts Amherst


This dissertation investigates the impact of the New York City-based Liberator magazine on the expansion and dissemination of African American political outlooks in the decade between 1960 and 1971. This study explores the history of this magazine as a critical political and cultural formation of these years. Growing out of the tradition of labor, Left-oriented radicalism as well as earlier forms of Black Nationalism at the turn of the 20th century, the Liberator provided an indispensable forum where many of the national and international concerns facing Black people could be discussed and debated. In its early days as the organ of the short-lived Liberation Committee for Africa and after, Liberator delivered cutting-edge political, social and cultural analyses of Black radicalism. Therefore, in accounting for the transition period between the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power radicalism, I argue that Liberator represents an important example of the strategic efforts of African American intellectuals, artists, and activists to shape autonomous political spaces through the establishment of a radical print culture.

Subject Area

African American Studies|Black history|American history|Mass communications

Recommended Citation

Tinson, Christopher Matthew, "The fight for freedom must be fought on all fronts: “Liberator” magazine and Black radicalism, 1960–1971" (2010). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3409663.