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  1. Inventing the Immigration Problem - The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy

    Inventing the Immigration Problem - The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy


    In 1907 the U.S. Congress created a joint commission to investigate what many Americans saw as a national crisis: an unprecedented number of immigrants flowing into the United States. Experts―women and men trained in the new field of social science―fanned out across the country to collect data on these fresh arrivals. The trove of information they amassed shaped how Americans thought about immigrants, themselves, and the nation’s place in the world. Katherine Benton-Cohen argues that the Dillingham Commission’s legacy continues to inform the ways that U.S. policy addresses questions raised by immigration, over a century later. Within a decade of its launch, almost all of the commission’s recommendations―including a literacy test, a quota system based on national origin, the continuation of Asian exclusion, and greater federal oversight of immigration policy―were implemented into law. Inventing the Immigration Problem describes the labyrinthine bureaucracy, broad administrative authority, and quantitative record-keeping that followed in the wake of these regulations. Their implementation marks a final turn away from an immigration policy motivated by executive-branch concerns over foreign policy and toward one dictated by domestic labor politics. The Dillingham Commission―which remains the largest immigration study ever conducted in the United States―reflects its particular moment in time when mass immigration, the birth of modern social science, and an aggressive foreign policy fostered a newly robust and optimistic notion of federal power. Its quintessentially Progressive formulation of America’s immigration problem, and its recommendations, endure today in almost every component of immigration policy, control, and enforcement. Learn More
  2. IWW Globe Flag

    IWW Globe Flag


    Produced by WeserFlaggen, a union shop in Germany, this polyester flag measures 3.3 feet by 5 feet (100 cm x 150 cm), and features the IWW Globe with text that reads "Industrial Workers of the World" across the top and "An Injury to One is an Injury to All" across the bottom. The background field of the flag is red while the design and text are white. Flags feature a sleeve on the left for easy mounting on poles or banner rods for marches. Learn More
  3. Poland 1980-82: Class Struggle and the Crisis of Capital

    Poland 1980-82: Class Struggle and the Crisis of Capital


    The work details the factors that led to a rank-and-file workers' movement in Poland that struggled to win a greater share of the surplus value being taken away from them by the state-capitalist ruling class of Poland and even, in some cases, forge new organizational forms for production and distribution. The issue of the imperialist rivalry between the "Western branch of capital" and the "Eastern branch of capital" (the Soviet Union) is also dealt with as it relates to Poland in this period. Finally, the work is also an outstanding analysis of the art of co-opting and mediation, detailing efforts by Lech Walesa, the leadership of Solidarity ("Solidarnosc", a trade union), and the Catholic Church to co-opt the rank-and-file movement and channel it into avenues less threatening to the ruling class so that these institutions could retain their privileged station in society. Learn More
  4. Voices of A People's History of the United States

    Voices of A People's History of the United States


    Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove

    For their recent book, Voices of a People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove selected testimonies—speeches, letters, poems, songs, petitions, and manifestos--of people throughout U.S. history who struggled against slavery, racism, and war, against oppression and exploitation, and who articulated a vision for a better world. On October 22, 2004, a remarkable event was held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, where a talented group of actors and activists helped bring the book's dramatic voices to life. Captured beautifully on this DVD, these powerful readings include Paul Roberson, Jr. reciting from his father's suppressed testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Lili Taylor reading Emma Goldman's blistering attack on patriotism, and John Sayles reading an anti-imperialist essay by Mark Twain. Other unforgettable speeches were delivered by Brian Jones as Frederick Douglass, Sarah Jones as Yuri Kochiyama, Leslie Silva as Anne Moody, Wallace Shawn as Vito Russo, and many more. Radio host Amy Goodman kicks off the evening with a remarkable tribute to Howard Zinn, and Zinn himself talks movingly about the motivation for bringing these often ignored or hidden voices to light.

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  5. A Wandering Minstrel Show & Flying Poetry Circus

    A Wandering Minstrel Show & Flying Poetry Circus


    A theatrical collage of songs, labor preaching, and wandering minstrel show performed by two veteran troubadours.

    'Our new full length CD features seven of our most requested performance pieces (each is approximately six minutes long) - starting with the lively Chandler classic 'The United States of Generica' - with some great fiddle playing by Bob Banerjee adding to the mix. Next is 'Credit History' - a piece for all the financially over-extended seeking salvation through consumption. Then the fabulous 'Prozac' -- you can't medicate your way out of all this! Then the chilling blend of the traditional Irish piece 'Step It Out Mary' with the Chandler classic 'Innocence.' Next is 'Carnivals' - a look at the new administration. An old favorite 'Fast Food Confederacy' is given some a cappella gospel treatment, and closing things out, the dynamic 'Things Have Never Been the Same.'

    1. Generica

    2. Credit

    3. Prozac

    4. Innocence

    5. Carnivals

    6. Fast Food

    7.l Same

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  6. The Other Carl Sandburg

    The Other Carl Sandburg


    by Phillip R. Yannella

    Using Penelope Niven's standard 1991 biography, Carl Sandburg, and a close reading of a series of political articles Sandburg (1878-1962) wrote expressing socialist beliefs, this book attempts to redeem the reputation of the beloved but bad poet by amplifying a few years of his political life around WWI. Temple University American studies professor Yannella's political analysis of American socialism around WWI is turgid, but detailed. More problematic is his fervent conviction that during his lifetime Carl Sandburg was universally appreciated as a writer. The truth is that for the last 40 years of his life he was often derided by other American poets: e.g., the great poet Elizabeth Bishop writes in her Letters of the comic horror she felt when Sandburg suddenly appeared at a 1940s Washington, D.C., party. Yannella unconvincingly claims that Sandburg was an 'extraordinary' and 'wonderfully gifted' writer, presenting as good poetry Sandburg's feeble stuff like: 'One child coughed his lungs away, two more have adenoids and can neither talk nor run like their mother.' In his attempts to rehabilitate Sandburg, he even goes so far as to compare him, unconvincingly, to Walt Whitman, even though the two have little in common beyond the surface similarities of free-verse and populism. Sandburg fans are better off sticking to Niven's biography.
    Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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