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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).
|Introduction: The History of the History of U.S. Communism||15|
|Remaking America: Communists and Liberals in the Popular Front||45|
|The Comintern, the Fronts, and the CPUSA||75|
|Purging the Profs: The Rapp Coudert Committee in New York, 1940-1942||91|
|McCarthyism and the Decline of American Communism, 1945-1960||123|
|The Question Seldom Asked: Women and the CPUSA||141|
|The Communist Influence on American Labor||163|
|The Red and the Black: The Communist Party and African-Americans in Historical Perspective||199|
|The Cultural World of the Communist Party: An Historical Overview||239|
|The New York Workers School, 1923-1944: Communist Education in American Society||261|
|Culture and Commitment: U.S. Communist Writers Reconsidered||281|
|Interview with Gil Greer||307|