C.L.R. James (KV 2/1824)

These files are from the first release of Security Service records since the full implementation of the Freedom of Information Act in January 2005. Covering 1932-1941, file KV 2/1824 consists mainly of material copied to the Security Service by Special Branch and references to James in intercepted correspondence and phone calls of other targets. These show the British and American states’ fear of the impact of C.L.R. James’ revolutionary writings and anti-colonial activities. They were very concerned to keep tabs on this associate of ‘communist negro leaders’ as they put it.

The project has purchased permission to show this file for education and research purposes from The National Archives UK.

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