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

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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: 9780853458524
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface 7
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
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