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PalominoClinton Jencks and Mexican-American Unionism in the American Southwest$
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James J. Lorence and Donna Lorence

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037559

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037559.001.0001

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Confronting Domestic Anti-Communism

Confronting Domestic Anti-Communism

The Jencks Case, Civil Liberties, and the Law, 1953–1957

(p.133) Chapter 8 Confronting Domestic Anti-Communism

James J. Lorence

University of Illinois Press

This chapter illustrates how, after relocating in Denver, Jencks immediately became engaged in the preparation of a national campaign from the International office, designed to familiarize Mine-Mill members and the wider labor audience with the attack on the union and its leaders. The International concurred in Local 890's widely publicized judgment that there had been “nothing subversive” about Mine-Mill's making a movie to tell the story of the strike. The International called for concerted action to ensure the “protection of our members,” starting with a demand that the false charges against Jencks be dismissed. The International's action, which stressed the danger to civil liberties and the threat of further legislative restrictions on labor, marked the beginning of a long and perilous road for the Jenckses.

Keywords:   Clinton Jencks, International office, national campaign, Mine-Mill members, Local 890, civil liberties, labor restrictions

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