West Virginia History, N.S. 4, No. 2, Fall 2010 workers, the unemployed, African Americans, and prisoners. According to Taylor, members of the NCCP were not revolutionaries trying to overthrow the government in favor of a communist state; instead these fellow travelers believed their work to be "defending true American values by standing against perceived fascist threats to freedom, liberty, and the American way of life" (5). While Taylor examines the activities of NCCP notables, such as Paul Crouch, Dewey Martin, Junius Scales, and Hans Freistadt, his greater accomplishment is chronicling how CP members attempted to improve social conditions in North Carolina. As the first CP organization in the South, established in late 1928, the NCCP quickly distanced itself from the methods and Marxist agenda coming from the national level. Yet, Taylor explains, the members of the NCCP were shortsighted, set unrealistic goals, recorded few political accomplishments, failed to learn from their mistakes, seldom capitalized on opportunities, and were unable to stabilize their organization. During its thirty-year existence, the NCCP never achieved its goal of becoming a viable reform party and fell victim to internal squabbles and the radicals of the 1960s. Despite this uneven history, Taylor points out
West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Oct 20, 2010
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