Raising Reds: The Young Pioneers, Radical Summer Camps, and Communist Political Culture in the United States

Raising Reds: The Young Pioneers, Radical Summer Camps, and Communist Political Culture in the United States

by Paul Mishler
ISBN-10:
0231110456
ISBN-13:
9780231110457
Pub. Date:
02/24/1999
Publisher:
Columbia University Press

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Overview

Raising Reds: The Young Pioneers, Radical Summer Camps, and Communist Political Culture in the United States

From the 1920s through the 1950s, American Communists established children's organizations, after-school programs, and summer camps with the aim of developing "revolutionary consciousness" in the minds of the younger generation. Mishler examines how radical parents' ultimate social and political goals––and their sometimes contradictory desires as parents––were reflected in the education and upbringing of their children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231110457
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 02/24/1999
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul C. Mishler is a labor educator and historian currently teaching at the Labor Relations and Research Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. The Littlest Proletariat: The Family And Education in Communist Theory 1922-1934
III. The Soviet of Children: The Young Pioneers of America and the Communist Children's Movement 1922—1934
IV. "Americans All! Immigrants All!'': Children of the Popular Front 1934—45
V. Socialism in One Summer: Radical Summer Camps in the 1930s and 1940s
VI. Primers for Revolution: Communist Books for Children
VII. Conclusion

What People are Saying About This

Paul Buhle

"Raising Reds is, simply, one of the most fascinating books about the American Left ever written. Mixing socialist theory, radical pedagogy, labor politics, and personal memoirs, Mishler offers a stunning portrait of how kids experienced being part of an alternative society, how they camped out, marched, and sang. Raising Reds will reutrn many grown red diaper babies back to fond childhoods and invite the rest of us outsiders in for an unforgettable visit."
--Paul Buhle, author of Images of American Radicalism

Robin D.G. Kelly

"If no one is born a radical, how are they made? Paul Mishler's concise and beautifully crafted book answers this question and in the process offers a fresh perspective on the American Left. He gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'class struggle'."
--Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression

Amy Swerdlow

"Raising Reds is a balanced historical analysis of the politics, culture, mores, and family values of the CPUSA from 1920 to 1950. What is most fascinating is its exploration of the complex and contradictory ways in which a minority party with a high percentage of immigrants transmitted its radical politics and rigid ideology from one generation to the next."
--Amy Swerdlow, author of Women Strike for Peace: Traditional Motherhood and Radical Plitics in the 1960s

Robin D.G. Kelley

If no one is born a radical, how are they made? Paul Mishler's concise and beautifully crafted book answers this question and in the process offers a fresh perspective on the American Left. He gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'class struggle.'

Van Gosse

"Vital new insights into how working-class immigrants built a pluralist radial culture. [Raising Reds] humanizes Communist families by showing the multiple pulls of assimilation and preservation. A fine melding of social and political history."
--Van Gosse, author of Where the Boys Are: Cuba, Cold War America and the Making of a New Left

Paul Buhle

One of the most fascinating books about the American Left ever written. Mixing socialist theory, radical pedagogy, labor politics, and personal memoirs, Mishler offers a stunning portrait of how kids experienced being part of an alternative society, how they camped out, marched, and sang. Raising Reds will return many grown red diaper babies back to fond childhoods and invite the rest of us outsiders in for an unforgettable visit.

Robin D. G. Kelley

If no one is born a radical, how are they made? Paul Mishler's concise and beautifully crafted book answers this question and in the process offers a fresh perspective on the American Left. He gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'class struggle.'

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