Monday, February 2, 2015

History: Civil rights struggle slowed by McCarthyism

On September 16, 2014 Professor Toni Gilpin spoke in Louisville, Kentucky, both at the University of Louisville and at Greater Louisville Central Labor Council Meeting. 
The talk was sponsored by the Department of History, University of Louisville; University of Louisville Anne Braden Institute; Pan-African Studies Department, University of Louisville; Kentucky Labor Institute; and the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council. 

Her presentation is not merely local history, not merely the history of a large, Left-led Farm Equipment (FE) union, Local 236, in the upper South. The talk contains profound insights into the wider impact of the destruction of the CIO Left by McCarthyism. That destruction slowed down and changed the nature of the US civil rights struggle. 

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