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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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From the Popular Front to a New Left

From the Popular Front to a New Left

(p.132) Chapter 6 From the Popular Front to a New Left
Cold War Progressives

Jacqueline Castledine

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses how the slight thawing of Cold War tensions included discussion of a permanent test-ban treaty, raising the hopes of many former Progressive Party activists that the conservative political tide was turning. People increasingly came to believe that the easing of political repression created an opportunity to reconstitute Popular Front organizing and fully realize the potential of such organizations as the Progressive Party, Congress of American Women, and Sojourners for Truth and Justice. Toward that end, small covert leftist networks now made their way into larger national organizations that shared their commitment to “peace, freedom, and abundance.” Although they had not achieved their vision of positive peace, Popular Front organizations had provided a training ground for leftist women who later helped shape the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

Keywords:   Popular Front organizing, Progressive Party, Congress of American Women, Sojourners for Truth and Justice, leftist women, social movements

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