By Judith Stepan-Norris
This learn discusses the legacy of the Communists within the Congress of business firms (CIO) from the Nineteen Thirties in the course of the Fifties. How did the Communists win and carry strength within the CIO unions, and what did they do with it after they had it? Did they subordinate the wishes of employees to these of the Soviet regime? Stepan-Norris and Zeitlin locate that Communists have been extra egalitarian and such a lot innovative on classification, race and gender matters. They have been additionally major warring parties in exemplary office struggles to magnify the liberty and increase the human dignity of America's staff.
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49 The answers we give and the evidence 48 49 Caute (1979, p. 356); Saposs (1959, pp. 171, 207); Rice (oral history memoir, October 18, 1967, Pennsylvania State University), as cited in Prickett (1975, p. 329). ” See also the spate of neo–Cold War books published since the disappearance of the Soviet nemesis and the opening of the Kremlin’s secret ﬁles. As a headline on a New York Times Magazine story says, “the battle over moles and spies and Redbaiting rages on – even without Communism” (Weisberg 1999).
That the producer . . is exploited of the wealth which he produces, . . that the class 30 31 by Father Charles Owen Rice, who listed some on the back page of his 1948 pamphlet, How to Decontrol Your Union of Communists. The ILWU’s Bridges wrote him, on July 17, 1948, inquiring as to why his international was on Rice’s list. Rice replied, on July 22, 1948: “My chief reason for listing the ILWU as a Communist-controlled union is that you control it” (Levenstein 1981, pp. 241, 251n46). Despite the analytical tendentiousness of Kampelman’s classiﬁcation, we consider it consistent with our own study of the historical materials and an adequate empirical reﬂection of the common understandings of activists of all kinds during the CIO era – with one crucial exception.
333); Healey (1993, pp. 152–58). Haynes (1996, p. 192). Elsewhere, Haynes and his coauthor Klehr observe: “The totalitarian nature of the Soviet state prevented much of the news of Stalin’s oppression from reaching America. And the information about the purges was often not believed or was rationalized by 22 The CIO: Left, Right, and Center Their denials of Stalin’s terror or apologies (usually unwitting) for the crimes of the Soviet regime should not be allowed to distort or obscure Communist unionists’ real, radical and democratic, achievements – whether these unionists were ofﬁcers of CIO internationals, local ofﬁcers, or worker activists in the shops.