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Death to FascismLouis Adamic's Fight for Democracy$
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John P. Enyeart

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042508

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042508.001.0001

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Liberating “Shadow” America

Liberating “Shadow” America

Antifascism, Pluralism, and Democracy, 1932–39

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(p.41) 2 Liberating “Shadow” America
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Death to Fascism
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John P. Enyeart

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042508.003.0003

Chapter 2 traces Louis Adamic’s emergence as a leader in the antifascist vanguard. By the mid-1930s, Adamic proclaimed that the United States was ripe for fascist exploitation and pointed to the efforts of white nationalists who claimed that the struggles for worker, immigrant, and black rights were communist-inspired. Adamic promoted cultural pluralism and the dynamic labor activism of the Congress of Industrial Organizations as countermeasures to fight the demagoguery of the anticommunists. Adamic also attacked the procommunist left in the United States because of their adherence to Moscow’s dictates, which highlighted his independent leftist politics. His proworker novel Grandsons, which became an example of the genera of proletarian literature, and his work with the propluralist Foreign Language Information Service are highlighted.

Keywords:   Louis Adamic, immigrants, nativism, antifascism, McCarthyism, Congress of Industrial Organizations, CIO, unionism, labor movement, Foreign Language Information Service, FLIS, anticommunists, Comintern, Josip Broz Tito, assimilation, communists, cultural pluralism, independent leftist politics, Rachel Davis DuBois, Communist Party of the USA, CPUSA, Mike Gold, Ivan Molek, Granville Hicks, The New Masses, proletarian literature, H. L. Mencken

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