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A Contest of IdeasCapital, Politics, and Labor$
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Nelson Lichtenstein

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037856

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037856.001.0001

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Communism On the Shop Floor and Off

Communism On the Shop Floor and Off

(p.100) Chapter 7 Communism On the Shop Floor and Off
A Contest of Ideas

Nelson Lichtenstein

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses how Communism continues to generate the same kind of debates that divided the left, and the left from the right, more than half a century ago. In some instances, documents flowing out of the Moscow archives have helped shed new light on the politics and affiliations of an Alger Hiss or a Harry Bridges. However, such revelations are hardly needed to keep this pot boiling, because the real issue involves the fate, character, and legitimacy of the American radical tradition, especially during that moment in the middle decades of the twentieth century when the Communists were at their influential apogee within a dynamic new trade union movement, as well as in almost every other area of progressive U.S. politics.

Keywords:   Communism, American radical tradition, Communists, trade union movement, labor movement, U.S. politics

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