Commonsense Anticommunism: Labor and Civil Liberties between by Jennifer Luff

By Jennifer Luff

among the nice struggle and Pearl Harbor, conservative exertions leaders declared themselves America's "first defensive position" opposed to Communism. during this staggering account, Jennifer Luff indicates how the yank Federation of work fanned renowned anticommunism yet defended Communists' civil liberties within the aftermath of the 1919 pink Scare. The AFL's "commonsense anticommunism," she argues, suggested a center path among the yankee Legion and the ACLU, assisting to ascertain campaigns for federal sedition legislation. yet within the Thirties, frustration with the hot Deal
order led exertions conservatives to redbait the Roosevelt management and liberal unionists and abandon their reluctant civil libertarianism for pink scare politics. That frustration contributed to the criminal structure of federal anticommunism that culminated with the McCarthyist fervor of the 1950s.
Relying on untapped archival resources, Luff unearths how exertions conservatives and the rising civil liberties move debated the right kind function of the kingdom in policing radicals and grappled with the demanding situations to the present political order posed by way of Communist organizers. unbelievable conclusions approximately typical figures, like J. Edgar Hoover, and unexpected episodes, like a German plot to disrupt American munitions manufacture, make Luff's tale a clean retelling of the interwar years.

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