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American Labor’s Global Ambassadors: The International by Robert Anthony Waters Jr., Geert Van Goethem, Marcel van der

By Robert Anthony Waters Jr., Geert Van Goethem, Marcel van der Linden

After global struggle II, the AFL-CIO pursued an bold schedule of containing worldwide communism and aiding to throw off the shackles of colonialism. This sweeping assortment brings jointly contributions from prime historians to discover its successes, demanding situations, and inevitable compromises because it pursued those projects throughout the chilly warfare.

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Slave Labor in the Soviet World (New York: The Federation, c. 1951), 30. This paper builds upon the research initially completed for my book: In the Interest of Democracy: The Rise and Fall of the Early Cold War Alliance Between the American Federation of Labor and the Central Intelligence Agency (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011). 2. Edward L. Cushman to John G. Winant, June 6, 1946, RG 84 Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State, US Mission to the United Nations Central Subject Files, 1946–1964, Box 12: Labor to Palestine, Folder: NGO’s: WFTU, 1946– 1949, National Archives, College Park, MD (henceforth, NARA).

11 On February 2, 1948, the Agenda Committee approved the item and forced labor was added to the schedule of ECOSOC’s Sixth Session. Other labor groups, such as the Workers Defense League (WDL), joined the call for an investigation of forced labor. The WDL, in a petition signed by notables such as the African American labor leader A. Philip Randolph, cited its battle against “lynchings of Negroes, against racial discrimination, against denial of workers rights, against totalitarian ideology” when explaining why they supported the campaign against forced labor.

S. N. of Tolerating Slave Labor,” New York Times March 3, 1950, 1. 28. “United Nations: Objectivity,” Time March 27, 1950. 29. Slave Labor in the Soviet World , 5. 30. S. 064, Box 5157, RG 59, NARA. 31. Michael Jakobson, Origins of the GULAG: The Soviet Prison Camp System, 1917–1934 (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1993), 143. 32. S. N. with Tolerating Slave Labor,” New York Times, March 3, 1950, 1. Clipped by Norris Chipman and sent to Jay Lovestone. ” 36 / quenby olmsted hughes 33.

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