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  1. Radical Works for Rebel Workers: Best of the IW 2015

    Radical Works for Rebel Workers: Best of the IW 2015

    $7.00

    Radical Works for Rebel Workers is a hand-picked collection of contemporary writing and imagery from a diverse crowd for the annual Working Writers Contest of the IWW. This Bilingual booklet features 10 contemporary works dealing with sexism, organizing, labor history and how to be a lifelong wobbly. Get two, and remember: IWW literature is better shared with a fellow worker! Learn More
  2. Red Hunting in the Promised Land

    Red Hunting in the Promised Land

    $18.95

    Anticommunism and the making of America

    by Joel Kovel

    In the wake of the cold war, an eminent social critic examines the roots of America's anticommunist frenzy. What amounted to an American civil religion for nearly half a century was at least as much a spiritual as a political phenomenon, according to Joel Kovel. It succeeded because it mobilized fears about our own social and individual identities against a demonized enemy. Organized around a series of compelling portraits of leading politicians and ideologues, Red Hunting in the Promised Land traces the evolution of anticommunism from the time of the Bolshevik Revolution to the collapse of Communism in our time. Beginning with the great red scare of 1919, Kovel goes on to explore the diabolic imaginings of Father Coughlin and his brand of anti-Semitic anticommunism; George Kennan and his elitist vision of the national security state; John Foster Dulles and the apocalyptic world of 'massive retaliation'; J. Edgar Hoover and the paranoia of socio-sexual repression; Joe McCarthy and the right-wing populism of the 'American Inquisition'; Hubert Humphrey and the strange career of liberal anticommunism; James Angleton and the knight errantry of anticommunism at the CIA; and lastly the denouement of the 'Evil Empire' in the age of Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Cold war anticommunism was not the first of our great 'red scares.' Kovel points out that the original, far more extended 'red scare' was the European reaction to indigenous peoples, or Native Americans, who had to be diabolized so that their lands could be expropriated. What is it about America that has made both our leadership and the public repeatedly prone to hunt enemies in great crusades of moral absolutism? By shifting attention from its object, Communism, to its subject, American civilization, the book challenges the basic understanding of the nature of anticommunism. It draws connections between anticommunism as an internal control mechanism and anticommunism as the instrument of foreign policy, relat 

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  3. Seeing Reds

    Seeing Reds

    $20.00

    Federal Surveillance of Radicals in the Pittsburgh Mill District, 1917-1921

    by Charles H. McCormick

    McCormick's well-written and researched study is not only a valuable addition to the literature on Pittsburgh radical and labor politics during the World War I and Red Scare eras, but is as well an important contribution to the literature on the World War I era, the Red Scare, labor and radical history, and federal surveillance (FBI) policy and history.'--Athan Theoharis

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  4. Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York, 1880-1924

    Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York, 1880-1924

    $15.00

    Acclaimed author Hopkinson recounts the lives of five immigrants to New York's Lower East Side through oral histories and engaging narrative. We hear Romanian-born Marcus Ravage's disappointment when his aunt pushes him outside to peddle chocolates on the street. And about the pickle cart lady who stored her pickles in a rat-infested basement. We read Rose Cohen's terrifying account of living through the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, and of Pauline Newman's struggles to learn English. But through it all, each one of these kids keeps working, keeps hoping, to achieve their own American dream.

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  5. Sizing Down: Chronicle of a Plant Closing

    Sizing Down: Chronicle of a Plant Closing

    $10.00

    "As a slice of history, docudrama and how-to manual, Sizing Down is top-notch. Illes was human resources manager at the Signetics semiconductor plant in Orem, Utah, when, in January 1992, she was notified that the plant would close at the end of the year. It became her task to assist with orchestrating the phase-out of 900 jobs, including her own. . . . Throughout the inevitable juggling of interests, judgments had to be made, some good, some bad, says the author. This relentlessly objective history records them all, along with afterthoughts on how the situation might have been handled better."―Publishers Weekly Learn More
  6. Solidarity Unionism

    Solidarity Unionism

    $14.95

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  7. Steelmasters and Labor Reform

    Steelmasters and Labor Reform

    $10.00

    Gerald G. Eggert provides a fascinating inside view of top steel officials arguing their positions on various labor reforms—stock purchase plans, employer liability, employee representation, and elimination of the twelve-hour shift and seven-day work week, during the late eighteen and early nineteenth century. Learn More
  8. The ABC - CLIO Companion to the American Labor Movement

    The ABC - CLIO Companion to the American Labor Movement

    $7.00

    The history of organized workers, whether they have toiled in the noisy textile factories, dank coal mines, dusty produce fields, blisteringly hot steel mills, crowded classrooms, or along miles of railroad track...this is the scope of the ABC-CLIO Companion to the American Labor Movement. Addressing the sweep of time from the antebellum years to the present , the entries cover people, events, organizations, and court cases that have influenced the organization of American labor. Learn More
  9. The Battle For Homestead, 1880-1892: Politics, Culture, and Steel

    The Battle For Homestead, 1880-1892: Politics, Culture, and Steel

    $27.95

    Paul Krause calls upon the methods and insights of labor history, intellectual history, anthropology, and the history of technology to situate the events of the lockout and their significance in the broad context of America’s Guilded Age. Utilizing extensive archival material, much of it heretofore unknown, he reconstructs the social, intellectual, and political climate of the burgeoning post-Civil War steel industry. Learn More
  10. The CIO's Left-Led Unions

    The CIO's Left-Led Unions

    $12.00

    Edited by Steve Rosswurm

    In 1949 and 1950 the CIO expelled several left-wing unions. This collection explores the history of 11 of these unions, addressing the role of race and government policy in shaping unionism, the impact of anti-communism on race relations and working conditions, and the impact of the expulsions on the labor movement.

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