Red Chicago: American Communism at Its Grassroots, 1928-35

Red Chicago: American Communism at Its Grassroots, 1928-35

by Randi Storch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252076389

ISBN-13: 9780252076381

Pub. Date: 12/12/2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Red Chicago is a social history of American Communism set within the context of Chicago's neighborhoods, industries, and radical traditions. Using local party records, oral histories, union records, party newspapers, and government documents, Randi Storch fills the gap between Leninist principles and the day-to-day activities of Chicago's rank-and-file

Overview

Red Chicago is a social history of American Communism set within the context of Chicago's neighborhoods, industries, and radical traditions. Using local party records, oral histories, union records, party newspapers, and government documents, Randi Storch fills the gap between Leninist principles and the day-to-day activities of Chicago's rank-and-file Communists.

Uncovering rich new evidence from Moscow's former party archive, Storch argues that although the American Communist Party was an international organization strongly influenced by the Soviet Union, at the city level it was a more vibrant and flexible organization responsible to local needs and concerns. Thus, while working for a better welfare system, fairer unions, and racial equality, Chicago's Communists created a movement that at times departed from international party leaders' intentions. By focusing on the experience of Chicago's Communists, who included a large working-class, African American, and ethnic population, this study reexamines party members' actions as an integral part of the communities and industries in which they lived and worked.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252076381
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
12/12/2008
Series:
Working Class in American History
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
814,951
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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