Commonsense Anticommunism: Labor and Civil Liberties between the World Wars (Paperback)Jennifer Luff (author)
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order led labor conservatives to redbait the Roosevelt administration and liberal unionists and abandon their reluctant civil libertarianism for red scare politics. That frustration contributed to the legal architecture of federal anticommunism that culminated with the McCarthyist fervor of the 1950s.
Relying on untapped archival sources, Luff reveals how labor conservatives and the emerging civil liberties movement debated the proper role of the state in policing radicals and grappled with the challenges to the existing political order posed by Communist organizers. Surprising conclusions about familiar figures, like J. Edgar Hoover, and unfamiliar episodes, like a German plot to disrupt American munitions manufacture, make Luff's story a fresh retelling of the interwar years.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 467 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm
Luff's book deepens our understanding of American Federation of Labor (AFL) leaders' relationship to the state.--American Historical Review
A valuable contribution to labor history and to the history of civil liberties.--Journal of American History
An important study of conservative labor that provides fresh insight into the tensions between conservative labor movements and Communism in respect to labor civil liberties in the United States.--Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians
A brilliant book. . . . The most complex reading to date of the politics of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in the first half of the twentieth century and the ideology that drove its enigmatic first president, Samuel Gompers, and his successor, Bill Green.--Labor
Commonsense Anticommunism is an unusually good book about a subject usually dealt with poorly. . . . A genuine contribution to historical literature.--Journal of Cold War Studies
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