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Commonsense AnticommunismLabor and Civil Liberties between the World Wars$
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Jennifer Luff

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835418

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869895_luff

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Communism, Civil Liberties, and the Red Scare

Communism, Civil Liberties, and the Red Scare

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(p.63) Chapter Four Communism, Civil Liberties, and the Red Scare
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Commonsense Anticommunism
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Jennifer Luff

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807869895_luff.8

This chapter examines the role of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in the Red Scare. Following the general strike of radical workers and the explosion of bombs in eight different cities in 1919, the Department of Justice orchestrated a massive sweep of raids, and arrests of suspected radicals, whom it loaded onto a ship headed for Finland. The Red Scare presented opportunities for the AFL to collaborate with the Bureau of Investigation. During this period, attacking radical labor movements such as the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) remained the AFL's priority.

Keywords:   Federation of Labor, Department of Justice, Finland, Red Scare, AFL, Bureau of Investigation, radical labor movements, Industrial Workers, IWW

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