“The Proposed Negro Communist State”

THE ABOVE IS A MAP OF THE PROPOSED NEGRO COMMUNIST STATE TO BE CARVED OUT OF THE SOUTH. Los Angeles: Christian Nationalist Crusade, [1950s?]
Map in black and white, 8”h x 11”w at sheet edge. Old fold and hint of toning, about excellent.
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A rare white nationalist persuasive map warning of a “proposed negro communist state,” to be carved out of the mid-Atlantic and southern United States.

The Christian Nationalist Crusade was founded in 1942 in St. Louis, with the mission of preserving “America as a Christian nation being conscious of a highly organized campaign to substitute Jewish tradition for Christian tradition.” As often the case with white nationalist groups, the Crusade blended anti-Semitism with anti-Communism, as demonstrated by the present item.

The map shows the borders of the “negro communist state” running from eastern Maryland to eastern Texas. Within these borders perhaps half the land mass is colored solid black, though the irregular outlines of the supposed proposed state are not explained. The caption reads, in part: “The original plot of the Communist Party was to drive enough Whites out of the South to give the Negroes dominance and control in the areas indicated above.” The map is given credence by attribution, though without context, to the House Un-American Activities Committee, which from 1945-1975 was a standing committee of the House of Representatives.

Interestingly, in 1968 black nationalist groups called for just such as “Republic of New Afrika,” though with somewhat more modest boundaries. That year at least 100 attendees of a Black Government Conference signed a Declaration of Independence and Constitution for the hoped-for nation.

This map appears to have been separately published. However OCLC 931810520 does note a 1950s Crusade pamphlet by one Jonathan Ellsworth Perkins, published in St. Louis, featuring the title “Danger! Warning!” and a centerfold map with the same title as the present item.

References
OCLC 856655150, citing a single example at UC-Davis (August 2019).