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To: "H-HOAC-ED-JEH" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 9:47 AM Subject: Re: Hiss and Evidence - Left Professoriate (Schwartz) Stephen Schwartz writes "I know of no dissertations or other serious research done in the U.S. academy, over the past 50 years, on anti-Communist unionism, that is not apologetical for the Stalinists..." For starters, I would refer to the collection of pieces edited by Stephen Rosswurm's The CIO's Left-Led Unions (1992), which includes Rosswurm's excellent essay on the ACTU and the CIO. Professor Rosswurm writes in his preface to the collection, "There was one way -which made all the difference - in which the CP's relationship with the expelled [CIO] unions diverged from that of other 'outside groups' [such as the ACTU]: its subservience to the Soviet Union....A good example -- only one of many -- is the CP labor policy during World War II. While in some ways simply a tougher version of the CIO's, it often subordinated everything to the struggle against the Axis and for the Soviet Union. Its defense of incentive pay; its sometimes draconian enforcement of the no-strike pledge; its lack of interest in civil liberties; its diminished advocacy of civil rights; its support for the National Service Act -- all dearly cost not only the Party but also the working class." [pp. 9-10] That doesn't sound like Stalinist nostalgia to me. Mr. Schwartz chooses examples of neglected topics carefully, to suggest that academic historians have systematically failed to write sympathetically about anyone connected with the world of left-labor politics who was not a Stalinist sympathizer. I think my biography of Michael Harrington might count as one exception to that rule. I would also include in that list Nelson Lichtenstein and Kevin Boyle's studies of Reuther and the UAW, Steven Fraser's biography of Sidney Hillman, William Harris' history of A. Philip Randolph and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and John D'Emilio's biography of Bayard Rustin, among other works. Maurice Isserman