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Communist Rhetoric and Feminist Voices in Cold War America (Hardback)
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Communist Rhetoric and Feminist Voices in Cold War America (Hardback)

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Hardback 234 Pages / Published: 05/01/2018
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This book explores how women within the male-dominated Communist Party in the United States built a home for feminist ideology and practice during the early Cold War. It explores how, in pamphlets, articles, and petitions, women carefully crafted voices that spoke to the party's concerns while challenging its theoretical and practical limitations.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498549813
Number of pages: 234
Weight: 531 g
Dimensions: 239 x 166 x 23 mm


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Jennifer Keohane's new book offers a counterhistory of the early Cold War that goes much deeper than the usual mix of Ike, bomb shelters, and McCarthyism. Here is a groundbreaking and well-researched look at the rhetorical dynamics of the American Communist Party, particularly its Cold War-era struggles over women's roles and their rightful place in society. Anyone interested in this crucial period in American history-or in the incomplete history of the feminist movement-will find in Communist Rhetoric and Feminist Voices an invigorating new vantage point. -- James J. Kimble, Seton Hall University; author, Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds and Domestic Propaganda
Considering the new globalized era, complete with saber rattling of global nuclear powers in recent years, Keohane's Communist Rhetoric and Feminist Voices in Cold War America is timely indeed. The book offers insights into the rhetorical complexity of discourses flourishing in the United States during the Cold War, but with the crucial inclusion of exemplars of women's rhetoric featuring intersectionality. Keohane's case studies recover and illuminate women's agency during a timeframe for which most narratives have elided women's voices and actions. From movies in pop culture to historical treatments, women's Cold War era rhetoric tends to be diminished, reduced to an overemphasis on visual style: women's coiffures, prim garb, and 50s cars. This book is a refreshing antidote, with scholarship that is relevant to areas of research and teaching from ethnic studies to rhetorical criticism, to women's and gender studies. Keohane's original take on Cold War communication is brought to life by vivid writing and amazing new examples showcasing women's courage and resiliency in difficult times, with continuing echoes in contemporary women's political agitation for justice. -- Ellen W. Gorsevski, Bowling Green State University
Jennifer Keohane's book represents a significant contribution to the study of radical persuasion, women's discourse, American Communism and Cold War rhetoric. In addition to the more familiar figure of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Keohane focuses a critical lens on less well-known figures such as Claudia Jones, providing readers with insight into the articulation and propagation of Black feminism within the Communist Party. The text also sheds light on women's activism during a time period largely omitted from feminist rhetorical criticism. It is an important work. -- Anne F. Mattina, Stonehill College

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