New Studies In The Politics And Culture Of U.S. Communism

New Studies In The Politics And Culture Of U.S. Communism

by Michael E. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0853458529

ISBN-13: 2900853458523

Pub. Date: 05/01/1993

Publisher: Monthly Review Press

This pathbreaking collection of essays recasts the prevailing conceptions of the historical roots and role of the U.S. Communist Party and its social setting. The contributors focus on the movement that formed around the party and the popular culture it expressed, particularly in the period from 1930 to 1960. They look at the impact of the party and its followers in…  See more details below

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This pathbreaking collection of essays recasts the prevailing conceptions of the historical roots and role of the U.S. Communist Party and its social setting. The contributors focus on the movement that formed around the party and the popular culture it expressed, particularly in the period from 1930 to 1960. They look at the impact of the party and its followers in the areas of education, literature, and the arts, in the African-American community, and on the women's and labor movements.

In their preface, the editors place the book in the context of the broader critical examination of the history of the left in the United States. By analyzing the historical reasons for the party's appeal and its relationship to those outside its ranks, the volume contributes to a fuller understanding of the broader societal context within which all oppositional movements are formed.

Contributors (in order of appearance in book): Michael E. Brown, Mark Naison, John Gerassi, Stephen Leberstein, Ellen Schrecker, Rosalyn Baxandall, Roger Keeran, Gerald Horne, Annette T. Rubinstein, Marvin E. Gettleman, Alan Wald, and Gil Green (interviewed by Anders Stephanson).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900853458523
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
05/01/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface7
Introduction: The History of the History of U.S. Communism15
Remaking America: Communists and Liberals in the Popular Front45
The Comintern, the Fronts, and the CPUSA75
Purging the Profs: The Rapp Coudert Committee in New York, 1940-194291
McCarthyism and the Decline of American Communism, 1945-1960123
The Question Seldom Asked: Women and the CPUSA141
The Communist Influence on American Labor163
The Red and the Black: The Communist Party and African-Americans in Historical Perspective199
The Cultural World of the Communist Party: An Historical Overview239
The New York Workers School, 1923-1944: Communist Education in American Society261
Culture and Commitment: U.S. Communist Writers Reconsidered281
Interview with Gil Greer307

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