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Description - Red Chicago by Randi Storch

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 and industries in which they lived and worked.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252076381
ISBN-10: 0252076389
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 12-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Randi Storch

Randi Storch is an associate professor of history at the State University of New York College at Cortland.

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