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If, over the intervening years, they have been largely ignored, the reasons are not difficult to see. James published his work in radical newspapers and magazines. Other writings circulated in the internal discussion bulletins of small Trotskyist organizations. ) All of his work appeared under pseudonymsmost frequently "J. R. ," "W. F. Carlton," "J. Meyer,'' and "G. F. Ecsktein," among others. In any case, the disguise didn't help. Eventually the FBI determined who "Johnson" and "Meyer" were. And no doubt the writings gathered in the present collection found their way into the appropriate dossiers.
Living in the United States, however, obliged James to become aware of himselfat some heightened pitch of self-consciousnessas black. " It certainly was. " 16 So James approached questions about race in America as an outsider, by birth and by temperament. His writing seeks to bridge (even though James himself could not cross) a deeply felt sense of cultural and psychological distance. James negotiated those differences through texts composed in a particular vocabulary (that of Marxist theory) and a very specific political context (namely, the American Trotskyist movement).
53 However, the SWP continued to base its work in support of African-American liberation on the 1939 discussions in Mexico and the 1948 conventions documents. And so James continued to have some influence among the Trotskyists well after leaving the movement. " By that time, James had long been out of the country. "I don't know where [Malcolm] learned about that," Lynn said. 54 It was evidence, perhaps, that information may circulate underground, only to emerge in the most unlikely, yet appropriate, places.