The 1930s, one of the great eras in the history of American radicalism, was a decade partly defined by coalitions, in which leftists with conflicting political ideas nonetheless worked together. In this proposed panel, we will be exploring how and when leftists of different stripes come together on particular issues, paying especially close attention to the role(s) that movement culture plays in this process.
One paper is looking at the labor movement and how union culture and political culture were linked in 1930s New York City. A second looks at the ways in which Communists and other radicals came together around a shared understanding of the crisis of unemployment. We are looking for one or possibly two more panelists for the March 2008 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual meeting in San Francisco.
Send proposals—a short paper abstract along with a one-page CV—to Daniel Opler at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 12.
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