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Communists and Community : Activism in Detroit's Labor Movement, 1941-1956

By: Pettengill, Ryan S

1439919054 / 9781439919057
Paperback / softback
Stock expected 16/06/2020
United States
152 x 229 mm 282 pages
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Communists and Community seeks to reframe the traditional chronology of the Communist Party in the United States as a means to better understand the change that occurred in community activism in the mid-twentieth century.

Ryan Pettengill argues that Popular Front activism continued to flourish throughout the war years and into the postwar period.

In Detroit, where there was a critical mass of heavy industry, Communist Party activists mobilized support for civil rights and affordable housing, brought attention to police brutality, sought protection for the foreign-born, and led a movement for world peace.

Communists and Community demonstrates that the Communist Party created a social space where activists became effective advocates for the socioeconomic betterment of a multiracial work force.

Pettengill uses Detroit as a case study to examine how communist activists and their sympathizers maintained a community to enhance the quality of life for the city's working class.

He investigates the long-term effects of organized labor's decision to force communists out of the unions and abandon community-based activism.

Communists and Community recounts how leftists helped workers, people of color, and other under-represented groups became part of the mainstream citizenry in America.


1KBBN North Central & Mid-West states, HBJK History of the Americas, HBTB Social & cultural history, JFSL Ethnic studies, JP Politics & government, JPF Political ideologies, KCF Labour economics, WQH Local history

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