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The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s

Michael Goldfield


The South is today, as it always has been, the key to understanding American society, its politics, its constitutional anomalies and government structure, its culture, its social relations, its music and literature, its media focus, its blind spots, and virtually everything else. The Southern Key argues that much of what is important in American politics and society today was largely shaped by the successes and failures of the labor movements of the 1930s and 1940s, and most notably the failures of southern labor organizing during this period. It also argues that these failures, despite some i ... More

Keywords: race, radicalism, Communist Party, contemporary U.S. politics, social movements, coal miners, steel unionism, woodworkers, textile unionism, Operation Dixie, immigration, CIO, AFL, Socialist Party, IWW, Musteites, SWP, John L. Lewis, Philip Murray, Section 7(a), National Negro Congress, unemployed worker movements, labor unions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190079321
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190079321.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Goldfield, author
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Wayne State University