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Zecker examines the multicultural civil-rights activism and union militancy of the International Workers Order and other left-leaning immigrant groups, investigating the program of such organizations regarding civil rights, unionizing, and workplace justice. It looks at what these organizations did that caused the U.S. government to prosecute them and how these groups sought to defend themselves and maintain a Popular Front coalition of progressives in the face of the rapidly developing call for Cold War conformity. The suppressions of dissent narrowed the degree of progress on economic justice and racial civil rights in America for decades to come, and the author argues that the story of the IWO’s demise has relevance for 21st century America's narrowed range of critiques of government policy and unequal racial and economic status quo.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. “A Practical Demonstration in Democracy”: The IWO
  2. pp. 19-54
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  1. 2. A “Plan for Plenty”: The IWO Tames Capitalism
  2. pp. 55-96
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  1. 3. “We Dare Entertain Thoughts Not to the Liking of Present-Day Bigots”: Race, Civil Rights, and the IWO
  2. pp. 97-135
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  1. 4. “A Mandolin Orchestra . . . Could Attract a Lot of Attention”: Interracial Fun
  2. pp. 136-165
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  1. 5. Foreign Policy and the IWO
  2. pp. 166-212
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  1. 6. “A Fraternal Order Sentenced to Death!”: Government Suppression
  2. pp. 213-260
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 261-264
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 265-348
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 349-366
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439915172
Related ISBN
9781439915158
MARC Record
OCLC
1103681199
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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