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The Resource Commonsense anticommunism : labor and civil liberties between the world wars, Jennifer Luff

Commonsense anticommunism : labor and civil liberties between the world wars, Jennifer Luff

Label
Commonsense anticommunism : labor and civil liberties between the world wars
Title
Commonsense anticommunism
Title remainder
labor and civil liberties between the world wars
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Luff
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Between the Great War and Pearl Harbor, conservative labor leaders declared themselves America's "first line of defense" against Communism. In this surprising account, Jennifer Luff shows how the American Federation of Labor fanned popular anticommunism but defended Communists' civil liberties in the aftermath of the 1919 Red Scare. The AFL's "commonsense anticommunism," she argues, steered a middle course between the American Legion and the ACLU, helping to check campaigns for federal sedition laws. But in the 1930s, frustration with the New Deal order led labor conservatives to redbait the Roosevelt administration and liberal unionists and abandon their reluctant civil libertarianism for red scare politics. That frustration contributed to the legal architecture of federal anticommunism that culminated with the McCarthyist fervor of the 1950s
  • Relying on untapped archival sources, Luff reveals how labor conservatives and the emerging civil liberties movement debated the proper role of the state in policing radicals and grappled with the challenges to the existing political order posed by Communist organizers. Surprising conclusions about familiar figures, like J. Edgar Hoover, and unfamiliar episodes, like a German plot to disrupt American munitions manufacture, make Luff's story a fresh retelling of the interwar years."--pub. desc
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Luff, Jennifer
Dewey number
335.430973/09041
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HX89
LC item number
.L84 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • McCarthy, Joseph
  • American Federation of Labor
  • Communism
  • Anti-communist movements
  • United States
Label
Commonsense anticommunism : labor and civil liberties between the world wars, Jennifer Luff
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- The AFL and the origins of modern civil liberties -- Labor and liberties : the American Federation of Labor, 1886-1915 -- Spycraft and statecraft : surveillance before the Great War -- Sedition and civil liberties : the AFL during World War I -- Becoming commonsense anticommunists -- Communism, civil liberties, and the red scare -- Secrecy and surveillance : anticommunism and the Bureau of Investigation -- Surveillance scandals and the downfall of the Bureau of Investigation -- From commonsense anticommunism to red-baiting -- Commonsense anticommunism and civil liberties -- Labor's counter-reformation : the American Federation of Labor and the end of reform -- Anticommunism, the Dies committee, and espionage -- Labor's red scare : the AFL and the architecture of anticommunism, 1939-1941 -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
756594400
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 288 pages
Isbn
9780807835418
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011044464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)756594400
Label
Commonsense anticommunism : labor and civil liberties between the world wars, Jennifer Luff
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- The AFL and the origins of modern civil liberties -- Labor and liberties : the American Federation of Labor, 1886-1915 -- Spycraft and statecraft : surveillance before the Great War -- Sedition and civil liberties : the AFL during World War I -- Becoming commonsense anticommunists -- Communism, civil liberties, and the red scare -- Secrecy and surveillance : anticommunism and the Bureau of Investigation -- Surveillance scandals and the downfall of the Bureau of Investigation -- From commonsense anticommunism to red-baiting -- Commonsense anticommunism and civil liberties -- Labor's counter-reformation : the American Federation of Labor and the end of reform -- Anticommunism, the Dies committee, and espionage -- Labor's red scare : the AFL and the architecture of anticommunism, 1939-1941 -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
756594400
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 288 pages
Isbn
9780807835418
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011044464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)756594400

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