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Commonsense anticommunism : labor and civil liberties between the world wars

Author: Jennifer Luff
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Named Person: Joseph McCarthy; Joseph McCarthy
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Luff
ISBN: 9780807835418 0807835412
OCLC Number: 756594400
Description: xii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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.
Responsibility: Jennifer Luff.
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