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Hosea Hudson (April 12, 1898 ... 1988) was an African American labor leader in the Southern United States.
Total Books: 5
Hudson was born in Wilkes County, Georgia. He worked as a sharecropper in what was then known as the "Black Belt" of Georgia before moving to Birmingham and working as a steel-mill worker and a local union official while maintaining an active membership in the Communist Party, which he joined after studying in New York in the 1930s. Through his work, Hudson was often referred to as a militant fighter against racist oppression and economic exploitation. Hudson is said to have been surprised at the acceptance of the Jim Crow Laws, but felt that wasn't enough.
Hudson actively participated in the struggle to enfranchise the African American minority in the Deep South. In 1938, Hudson organized the Right to Vote Club, which helped literate African Americans to register to vote despite the systematic intimidation of potential black voters in the segregated southern states. (Hudson himself had learned to read at the Communist Party's National Training School.)
During the Red Scares of the post-World War II period, Hudson was expelled from the Birmingham Industrial Union Council. In 1947, he was fired from his job, removed from his offices in Local 2815 (which he had founded), and blacklisted as a communist. His 30-year marriage to Lucy Goosby ended in 1946.
Hudson told his own story in his book Black Worker in the Deep South: A Personal Record (1972). It has been published in various editions, usually by small, progressive publishers.
In 1987, the historian Nell Irvin Painter co-authored a book about Hosea Hudson's life, often described as a collaborative autobiography. His story is also featured in a collection of stories about the Civil Rights movement, as well as one on the Communist Movement in the United States.