Building a Just and Secure World: Popular Front Women's Struggle for Peace and Justice in Chicago During the 1960s (Hardback)
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Building a Just and Secure World: Popular Front Women's Struggle for Peace and Justice in Chicago During the 1960s (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 19/01/2012
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Building a Just and Secure World highlights women's activism, often peripheral and one-dimensional in peace movement historiography which tends to dramatize men's antiwar and antinuclear activism in national organizations. In Chicago, an urban center of anti-war and civil rights activism, a generation of middle-aged women leaders came to their involvement in the movement through previous experience in mixed-sex Leftist movements and local civil rights campaigns. Participant historians of Sixties New Left, peace, and feminist movements of the Sixties have argued that the Old Left was defunct and the younger generation re-energized socialism in the early 1960s. These historians characterized Popular Front leftists as anticommunist cold war liberals who had abandoned youthful revolutionary aspirations for the reformist New Deal welfare state. Contrary to the arguments the Popular Front politics were defunct, Schneidhorst joins historians who argue the Popular Front generation continued to promote progressive and radical goals into the 1960s.

Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 9781441109729
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 571 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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"One of the most valuable aspects of Schneidhorst's work is the many interviews she conducted and previously published oral histories she relied upon to present her case. Some women, like Shirley Lens, Ruth Dear, and Sylvia Kushner, tell stories that make the hair on your head stand up and add drama to the episodes described in the book. Especially moving are the retold experiences of traveling to Europe and Asia to meet with Vietnamese women, the harrowing encounters with police and Red Squad infiltrators, and the heartfelt opinions about the need to achieve peace and justice at home and in the global community. Building a Just and Secure World is a valuable addition to our growing knowledge of the history of local peace activism." --Harriet Hyman Alfonso, The City College of New York

"Amy Schneidhorst conducts an ambitious study of the activism of Chicago, and Chicago-area, women from the late 1950s through the 1960s...Throughout the book, there are significant insights into both older and younger women's activism in the Chicago chapters in such diverse groups as Women Strike for Peace (the Chicago chapter was known locally as Women for Peace), the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), Women Mobilized for Change (WMC), Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), and the Chicago Peace Council...In addition to drawing overdue attention to the role of women in the peace movement, her research also shows that Chicago-area women contributed a great deal to civil rights activism there, which then subsequently had repercussions on the national level as well...Schneidhorst indeed makes a cogent argument that the actions of these women were indeed influenced by the culture of the Popular Front and they used the lessons learned in the earlier era to shape the organizations they became a part of in the 1960s...Schneidhorst should be commended for bringing these courageous and democratic women out of the shadows and placing them in their well-deserved place in the foreground of history. She should also be commended for contributing to a better understanding of Chicago history, peace movement history, civil rights history, the history of the roots of second wave feminism, and the history of the United States in general." --Nathan Brouwer, Rend Lake College, The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture

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