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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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Cold War Legacies

Cold War Legacies

(p.110) Chapter 5 Cold War Legacies
Cold War Progressives

Jacqueline Castledine

University of Illinois Press

This chapter illustrates how African American women remained active at both the highest levels of the Progressive Party (PP) and its base, where interracial grassroots networks attempted to bring the ideals of national figures like Eslanda Goode Robeson, Shirley Graham Du Bois, and Charlotta Bass to life. The American Labor Party (ALP)—which served as the PP organization of New York in 1948—was an important vehicle for women fighting racism and U.S. militarism in their local communities. Historians who have documented the ALP's important contributions to New York's early civil rights campaigns often overlook the significance of the party's linkage between peace, racial justice, and women's rights. An examination of the ALP, therefore, offers the opportunity to consider the challenges progressive women's networks encountered in the struggle to keep the hope of positive peace alive.

Keywords:   American Labor Party, African American women, Progressive Party, racism, U.S. militarism, racial justice, women's rights

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