American Labor and the Cold War : Grassroots Politics and Postwar Political Culture / Kiernan Walsh Taylor, William Issel, Robert Cherny.

New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, [2004]
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Anti-communist movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War -- History.
Labor unions -- History -- Political activity -- United States -- 20th century.
Political culture.
In English.
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The American labor movement seemed poised on the threshold of unparalleled success at the beginning of the post-World War II era. Fourteen million strong in 1946, unions represented thirty five percent of non-agricultural workers. Why then did the gains made between the 1930s and the end of the war produce so few results by the 1960s? This collection addresses the history of labor in the postwar years by exploring the impact of the global contest between the United States and the Soviet Union on American workers and labor unions. The essays focus on the actual behavior of Americans in their diverse workplaces and communities during the Cold War. Where previous scholarship on labor and the Cold War has overemphasized the importance of the Communist Party, the automobile industry, and Hollywood, this book focuses on politically moderate, conservative workers and union leaders, the medium-sized cities that housed the majority of the population, and the Roman Catholic Church. These are all original essays that draw upon extensive archival research and some upon oral history sources.
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List of Illustrations
Labor and the Cold War: The Legacy of McCarthyism
Uncivil War: An Oral History of Labor, Communism, and Community in Schenectady, New York, 1944-1954
Mixed Melody: Anticommunism and the United Packinghouse Workers in California Agriculture, 1954-1961
The United Packinghouse Workers of America, Civil Rights, and the Communist Party in Chicago
"An Anarchist with a Program": East Coast Shipyard Workers, the Labor Left, and the Origins of Cold War Unionism
The Battle for Standard Coil: The United Electrical Workers, the Community Service Organization, and the Catholic Church in Latino East Los Angeles
Popular Anticommunism and the UE in Evansville, Indiana
"A Stern Struggle": Catholic Activism and San Francisco Labor, 1934-1958
Memories of the Red Decade: HUAC Investigations in Maryland
Negotiating Cold War Politics: The Washington Pension Union and the Labor Left in the 1940s and 1950s
The Lost World of United States Labor Education: Curricula at East and West Coast Communist Schools, 1944-1957
Operation Dixie, the Red Scare, and the Defeat of Southern Labor Organizing
"A Dangerous Demagogue": Containing the Influence of the Mexican Labor-Left and Its United States Allies
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Burt, Kenneth
Cherny, Robert, editor., Editor,
Gettleman, Marvin E.
Honey, Michael
Issel, William.
Issel, William, editor., Editor,
Miller, Margaret
Palmer, David
Pedersen, Vernon
Peterson, Gigi
Schrecker, Ellen
Storch, Randi
Taylor, Kiernan Walsh, editor., Editor,
Watson, Don
White, Samuel
Zahavi, Gerald
De Gruyter.
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10.36019/9780813555058 doi
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