Red Chicago

Red Chicago : American Communism at Its Grassroots, 1928-35

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Realities of the street-level American Communist experience during the worst years of the Depression Red Chicago is a social history of American Communism set within the context of Chicago's neighborhoods, industries, and radical traditions. Using local party records, oral histories, union records, party newspapers, and government documents, Randi Storch fills the gap between Leninist principles and the day-to-day activities of Chicago's rank-and-file Communists. Uncovering rich new evidence from Moscow's former party archive, Storch argues that although the American Communist Party was an international organization strongly influenced by the Soviet Union, at the city level it was a more vibrant and flexible organization responsible to local needs and concerns. Thus, while working for a better welfare system, fairer unions, and racial equality, Chicago's Communists created a movement that at times departed from international party leaders' intentions. By focusing on the experience of Chicago's Communists, who included a large working-class, African American, and ethnic population, this study reexamines party members' actions as an integral part of the communities in which they lived and the industries where they worked. A volume in the series The Working Class in American History, edited by David Brody, Alice Kessler-Harris, David Montgomery, and Sean Wilentzshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 175.26 x 243.84 x 30.48mm | 680.39g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 14 photographs, 4 line drawings
  • 0252032063
  • 9780252032066

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"Red Chicago makes an important contribution, integrating Communist history into the broader history of the working class and challenging the recent historiography that has dismissed the local context in favor of a top-down view."--Journal of Illinois History "Red Chicago is an interesting story of period labor activity in the city that eventually sparked much more worker organizing than would be found in a number of other U.S. cities."--Chicago Union Teacher "Storch's new book effectively kicks off the beginning of a new wave of American Communist Party historiography... Highly recommended."--Choice "Storch's solid new book ... [is] the beginning of a 'fourth wave' of historiography of the American Communist Party."--History: Review of New Books "Red Chicago is thoroughly researched, the prose lucid and felicitous, and its arguments clearly made. This is Storch's first book, and it marks her as a young historian of promise."--Journal of American Historyshow more

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