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Title:Shades of Red: The Communist Party and Chicago's Workers, 1928-1939
Author(s):Storch, Randi Jill
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Barrett, James R.
Department / Program:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations
Abstract:This dissertation challenges those written by an earlier generation of scholars who studied the Communist party from a strictly national and institutional perspective and who emphasized the Comintern's unilateral ability to enforce its teachings through party lines. By focusing on experience of Chicago's communists, who included a large working class, African-American and ethnic population, this study re-examines party members' actions as an integral part of the communities in which they lived and the industries where they worked. This perspective, more grounded in the life of the party activists than national studies have allowed, helps to explain the party's relative strength during the 1930s and suggests reasons for its weaknesses and ultimate disintegration in the 1950s. This study of Chicago's Communist party is an important contribution to our understanding of how ordinary people experienced American communism.
Issue Date:1998
Description:355 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9912388
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998

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