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Red Feminism : American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation - Kate Weigand

Red Feminism

American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation

Hardcover Published: 16th November 2000
ISBN: 9780801864896
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Drawing on substantial new research, Red Feminism traces the development of a distinctive Communist strain of American feminism from its troubled beginnings in the 1930s, through its rapid growth in the Congress of American Women during the early years of the Cold War, to its culmination in Communist Party circles of the late 1940s and early 1950s. The author argues persuasively that, despite the devastating effects of anti-Communism and Stalinism on the progressive Left of the 1950s, Communist feminists such as Susan B. Anthony II, Betty Millard, and Eleanor Flexner managed to sustain many important elements of their work into the 1960s, when a new generation took up their cause and built an effective movement for women's liberation. Red Feminism provides a more complex view of the history of the modern women's movement, showing how key Communist activists came to understand gender, sexism, and race as central components of culture, economics, and politics in American society.

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Richly detailed... It will appeal to general readers interested in the history of U.S. progressive movements and women's history. * Publishers Weekly * The gulf between first- and second-wave feminism seems less broad thanks to this thoughtful analysis of women's activism with the Communist Party U.S.A. between World War II and the mid-1950s... An important supplement to standard histories of American feminism. * Booklist * This excellent book will play a strong part in passing on ideas and concepts to future Democrats, Republicans, Communists, and citizens of the world. -- Char Roone Miller * History of Education Quarterly * An interesting, well-documented book. -- Marian J. Morton * American Historical Review *

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Old Left Women, the U.S. Women's Movement, and the Legacy of Anti-Communismp. 1
Building Unity amidst Diversity: Ethnicity, Race, and Gender in the Early Years of American Communismp. 15
The Mary Inman Controversy and the (Re) Construction of the Woman Question, 1936-1945p. 28
The Congress of American Women: Catalyst for Progressive Feminismp. 46
Women's Work Is Never Done: Communists' Evolving Approach to the Woman Question, 1945-1956p. 67
Claudia Jones and the Synthesis of Gender, Race, and Classp. 97
Communist Culture and the Politicization of Personal Lifep. 114
Old Left Feminism, the Second Wave, and Beyondp. 139
Notesp. 159
Essay on Sourcesp. 203
Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780801864896
ISBN-10: 0801864895
Series: Reconfiguring American Political History
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16th November 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 15.82  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.46

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