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
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
  • American Federation of Labor
  • McCarthy, Joseph
  • McCarthy, Joseph
  • American Federation of Labor
  • Communism
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Communism
  • Political science
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Commonsense anticommunism : labor and civil liberties between the world wars, Jennifer Luff
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-280) and index
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
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 288 p.
Isbn
9780807835418
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011044464
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)756594400
  • (OCoLC)ocn756594400
Label
Commonsense anticommunism : labor and civil liberties between the world wars, Jennifer Luff
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-280) and index
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
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 288 p.
Isbn
9780807835418
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011044464
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)756594400
  • (OCoLC)ocn756594400

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