The New Labor Radicalism and New York City's Garment Industry: Progressive Labor Insurgents During the 1960s

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Examines how Progressive Labor (PL), an antirevisionist offshoot of the Community Party USA, attempted to revolutionize the labor front in New York City's garment industry during the 1960s. Discusses the origins of PL, the development of its antirevisionist theory, and its labor organizing practices during the 1960s and 1970s. Considers PL's organizing activities in New York City's industrial heartland, looking at the party's critique of the ILGWU, PL-led work stoppages in garment trucking, a PL-led wildcat strike, and the anticommunist purge which followed the strike. Author credentials are not given. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Acknowledgments xix
List of Abbreviations xxi
Part I Reinventing American Communism: An Overview of Progressive Labor in the 1960s and 1970s 1
Chapter 1. Antirevisionism in Action: The Origin of the Progressive Labor Party, 1956-1965 3
Chapter 2. Purifying the Communist Movement and Searching for Utopia: Progressive Labor in Theory, 1965-1982 27
Chapter 3. Reform, Revolution, and the Search for the Working Class: Progressive Labor in Practice, 1962-1982 44
Part II New Communists in an Old Anticommunist Union: Progressive Labor and the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in the 1960s 69
Chapter 4. New Communists Challenge Old Socialists: Trespassing on "Dubinsky's Plantation," 1962-1966 71
Chapter 5. The Making of a Communist Trucker: The Political Apprenticeship of a Progressive Labor Colonizer in Garment Trucking, 1940-1966 99
Chapter 6. Communist Truckers Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Progressive Labor, Garment Trucking and Local 102, ILGWU, 1967-1970 122
Chapter 7. Anatomy of a Communist-Led Wildcat Strike: Progressive Labor, Figure Flattery and Local 32, ILGWU, 1968 147
Chapter 8. Anatomy of an Anticommunist Purge: Progressive Labor, Figure Flattery, and Local 32, ILGWU, 1968-1969 170
Conclusion 188
Notes 197
Selected Bibliography 299
Index 319
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