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Forging American communism : the life of William Z. Foster

Author: Edward P Johanningsmeier
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A major figure in the history of twentieth-century American radicalism, William Z. Foster (1881-1961) fought his way out of the slums of turn-of-the-century Philadelphia to become a professional revolutionary as well as a notorious and feared labor agitator. Drawing on private family papers, FBI files, and recently opened Russian archives, this first full-scale biography traces Foster's early life as a world  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: William Z Foster; William Z Foster; William Zebulon Foster; William Zebulon Foster; William Z Foster
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward P Johanningsmeier
ISBN: 0691033315 9780691033310
OCLC Number: 28708800
Description: xiv, 433 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Beginnings --
Socialist and Syndicalist --
The Syndicalist Leagues --
Labor organizing in "The Jungle" --
The Great Steel Strike --
Labor organizer and Communist --
The "Free Lance" and the Communist Party --
"Phrases learned in Europe" --
The reluctant agitator --
The democratic front --
"Browderism" --
Unionism, politics, and the Cold War --
Final struggles --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Edward P. Johanningsmeier.
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