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"I've Got Family to Support:" Black Sojourners, Soviet Contracts and the Search for Economic Empowerment

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In the 1920s and 1930s, ambitious Blacks began to look to the Soviet Experiment for opportunities to reshape their destinies. In the 1920s, many were attracted to the political training in the new “Soviet” Russia, so that they could organize communities of resistance back home. They were glad to leave Jim Crow for an opportunity to experience the non-racial Soviet society. But, by the 1930s, a number were also drawn to economic opportunities presented by contracts to work in the USSR. In the US, no matter their skills or professional training, Blacks were continuously pushed into menial work. And, with the onset of the Depression, even those jobs were being shut off. However, the Soviet Union, which did not suffer from the Depression, was actively seeking skilled people to contribute to building its economy. The salaries and benefits were good and as an added bonus, half the salary could be paid in a bank in the US. This was important, since many were still helping family members back home. As stories of their experiences filtered back home, still others were attracted to the possibility of a Soviet sojourn. The very potential US employers overlooked, was put to real use abroad. Blacks taking up these contracts helped modernize an evolving Soviet society, and in the process, experienced levels of satisfaction that few had known at home. Many were empowered by the experience and, returning home, sought ways to channel that energy into facing problems in their home locales.
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Carew, Joy. ""I've Got Family to Support:" Black Sojourners, Soviet Contracts and the Search for Economic Empowerment" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435238_index.html>

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Carew, J. G. , 2010-09-29 ""I've Got Family to Support:" Black Sojourners, Soviet Contracts and the Search for Economic Empowerment" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435238_index.html

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Abstract: In the 1920s and 1930s, ambitious Blacks began to look to the Soviet Experiment for opportunities to reshape their destinies. In the 1920s, many were attracted to the political training in the new “Soviet” Russia, so that they could organize communities of resistance back home. They were glad to leave Jim Crow for an opportunity to experience the non-racial Soviet society. But, by the 1930s, a number were also drawn to economic opportunities presented by contracts to work in the USSR. In the US, no matter their skills or professional training, Blacks were continuously pushed into menial work. And, with the onset of the Depression, even those jobs were being shut off. However, the Soviet Union, which did not suffer from the Depression, was actively seeking skilled people to contribute to building its economy. The salaries and benefits were good and as an added bonus, half the salary could be paid in a bank in the US. This was important, since many were still helping family members back home. As stories of their experiences filtered back home, still others were attracted to the possibility of a Soviet sojourn. The very potential US employers overlooked, was put to real use abroad. Blacks taking up these contracts helped modernize an evolving Soviet society, and in the process, experienced levels of satisfaction that few had known at home. Many were empowered by the experience and, returning home, sought ways to channel that energy into facing problems in their home locales.


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