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

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

Randi Storch

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ISBN : 9780252076381
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320 pages
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Red Chicago is a social history of American Communism set within the context of Chicagos neighborhoods, industries, and radical traditions. Using local party records, oral histories, union records, party newspapers, and government documents, RandiMoreRed Chicago is a social history of American Communism set within the context of Chicagos 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 Chicagos rank-and-file Communists.Uncovering rich new evidence from Moscows 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, Chicagos Communists created a movement that at times departed from international party leaders intentions. By focusing on the experience of Chicagos 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 and industries in which they lived and worked.