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Raising reds : the young pioneers, radical summer camps, and Communist political culture in the United States
Mishler, Paul C.
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New York : Columbia University Press, [1999]

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x, 172 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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HX81 .M57 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Paul C. Mishler is a labor educator and historian currently teaching at the Labor Relations and Research Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Mishler rightly recognizes the pivotal role of such Communist Party programs as summer camps in creating a communist political culture during the interwar years. Using relevant source materials, he chronicles the Party's efforts to instill a radical consciousness in the offspring of its members and its unrealistic and unsuccessful efforts to eliminate ethnic and familial influences in shaping these youngsters. In so doing, Mishler advertently tells readers something of the larger immigrant experience and the powerful impact of nonassimilative as well as assimilative influences on newcomers to the US. The CP, he observes, finally recognized the stubborn hold of the premigration culture and, in the 1930s, it accommodated revolutionary politics to ethnic identification by means of the communist-controlled International Workers Order (IWO). The latter's Junior section supervised many childrens' programs and transmitted the parents' ethnic and political culture. Although modestly scaled, this study is nonetheless a work of considerable merit. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. Cantor; University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Table of Contents

I Introduction
II The Littlest Proletariat: The Family And Education in Communist Theory 1922-1934
III The Soviet of Children: The Young Pioneers of America and the Communist Children's Movement 1922-1934
IV "Americans All! Immigrants All!":Children of the Popular Front 1934-45
V Socialism in One Summer: Radical Summer Camps in the 1930s and 1940s
VI Primers for Revolution: Communist Books for Children
VII Conclusion187