American Labor's Global Ambassadors

The International History of the AFL-CIO during the Cold War

Editors: Waters Jr., Robert Anthony, Van Goethem, Geert (Eds.)

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After World War II, the AFL-CIO pursued an ambitious agenda of containing global communism and helping to throw off the shackles of colonialism. This sweeping collection brings together contributions from leading historians to explore its successes, challenges, and inevitable compromises as it pursued these initiatives during the Cold War.

About the authors

Quenby Olmsted Hughes, Rhode Island College, USA Yevette Richards, George Mason University, USA Alessandro Brogi, University of Arkansas, USA Barrett Dower, independent scholar and retired president of the Paris-American Chamber of Commerce Dustin Walcher, Southern Oregon University, USA Larissa Rosa Correa, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil Angela Vergara, California State University at Los Angeles, USA John C. Stoner, University of Pittsburgh, USA Mathilde von Bülow, University of Nottingham, UK Edmund F. Wehrle, Eastern Illinois University, USA Eric Chenoweth, Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe, USA Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, The Netherlands Magaly Rodríguez García, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Federico Romero, European University Institute, Italy

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"The role of labor unions in the formulation of U.S. foreign relations is an important topic that has recently gained the attention of scholars seeking to record a comprehensive understanding of international relations history. Based on copious research, these essays expertly probe the influence of the AFL-CIO in shaping U.S. foreign policy at a critical time in U.S. and world history. The scholarship presented here deserves the attention of historians of U.S. diplomacy and organized labor, as well as of the several regions around the world where labor exerted influence." - Peter Hahn, Professor of History, The Ohio State University, USA, and author of Missions Accomplished?: The United States and Iraq since World War I (2011)

"American Labor's Global Ambassadors is the book that we have been waiting for. Cold War studies have been well established over the last decades, studies of the global Cold War have fared well, but the global labor Cold War - engulfing Asia, Africa, and Latin America aside from Europe - has been neglected. The finely crafted articles in this book, written by a cohort of scholars as well as activists, and based on previously unused labor archives, fill this lacuna." - Daniela Spenser, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Mexico

"Interestingly enough, the American trade union movement played a major worldwide role during the Cold War. Sometimes it behaved like an ambassador; at other times its behavior was not very diplomatic, somewhere between heavy-handed and subtle. This thorough study covers all continents and is innovative, reliable, and a sine qua non for understanding Cold War politics and international trade unionism." - Bob Reinalda, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Waters, Robert Anthony (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • From Dollars to Deeds: Exploring the Sources of Active Interventionism, 1934–1945

    Goethem, Geert

    Pages 9-22

  • The American Federation of Labor’s Cold War Campaign against “Slave Labor” at the United Nations

    Hughes, Quenby Olmsted

    Pages 23-38

  • Marred by Dissimulation: The AFL-CIO, the Women’s Committee, and Transnational Labor Relations

    Richards, Yevette

    Pages 39-55

  • The AFL and CIO between “Crusade” and Pluralism in Italy, 1944–1963

    Brogi, Alessandro

    Pages 59-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
American Labor's Global Ambassadors
Book Subtitle
The International History of the AFL-CIO during the Cold War
Editors
  • Robert Anthony Waters Jr.
  • Geert Van Goethem
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-36022-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137360229
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-36021-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47185-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 302
Topics