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Cold War ProgressivesWomen's Interracial Organizing for Peace and Freedom$
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Jacqueline Castledine

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037269

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037269.001.0001

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Peace, Freedom, and Abundance

Peace, Freedom, and Abundance

(p.1) Introduction Peace, Freedom, and Abundance
Cold War Progressives

Jacqueline Castledine

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter explains how the master narrative of U.S. history too often reduces the scope of leftist women's Cold War-era activism by containing it within women's, workers', or civil rights movements. Despite progressives' efforts in 1948 and beyond to create a multifaceted movement that broadly defined peace to include not only cessation of physical violence but also evidence of social justice, discussion of leftist peace movements is rarely given the same consideration as single-issue campaigns. The chapter shows how long before late-twentieth-century feminist scholars presented their theories of “intersectionality,” and when “third wave” feminists derided earlier movements for their insensitivity to interrelated oppressions, leftists recognized how understandings of identity interact to produce social inequality.

Keywords:   leftist women, progressives, Cold War activism, intersectionality, third wave feminists, social inequality

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