First published in 2000. This study examines how Progressive Labor, an antirevisionist offshoot of the Communist Party USA, attempted to revolutionize the labor front in New York City’s garment industry during the 1960s. An ideologically driven group, whose founders were loyal to Stalinism and attracted by Maoism, Progressive Labor set out in 1962 to become the vanguard of the American working class.

part I|68 pages

Reinventing American Communism

chapter Chapter 1|24 pages

Antirevisionism in Action

The Origin of the Progressive Labor Party, 1956–1965

chapter Chapter 2|17 pages

Purifying the Communist Movement and Searching for Utopia

Progressive Labor in Theory, 1965–1982

chapter Chapter 3|25 pages

Reform, Revolution, and the Search for the Working Class

Progressive Labor in Practice, 1962–1982

part II|128 pages

New Communists in an Old Anticommunist Union

chapter Chapter 4|28 pages

New Communists Challenge Old Socialists

Trespassing on “Dubinsky’s Plantation,” 1962–1966. 1

chapter Chapter 5|23 pages

The Making of a Communist Trucker

The Political Apprenticeship of a Progressive Labor Colonizer in Garment Trucking, 1940–1966

chapter Chapter 6|25 pages

Communist Truckers Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Progressive Labor, Garment Trucking and Local 102, ILGWU, 1967–1970

chapter Chapter 7|23 pages

Anatomy of a Communist-Led Wildcat Strike

Progressive Labor, Figure Flattery and Local 32, ILGWU, 1968

chapter Chapter 8|18 pages

Anatomy of an Anticommunist Purge

Progressive Labor, Figure Flattery and Local 32, ILGWU, 1968–1969

chapter |9 pages