Veterans Advocacy and Renewed Political Commitment
This chapter looks at how the ASARCO (Globe Smelter Division of the American Smelting and Refining Company) job provided Jencks with a new lease on life. Although the work initially involved hard and dirty labor in a low-wage position, it connected him again to the world of social action through the union. Although he worried about the corrosive impact of the fumes that caused his clothes to disintegrate in a day's time, his morale was boosted by the camaraderie he found among workers in the mill. Furthermore, Jencks' renewal of party ties in 1946 was perfectly consistent with the deep Socialist belief system he had developed since his high school years. Driven by the spirit of communalism, he embraced political, economic, and social forms and expressions that sought to empower and mutually benefit all.
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