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Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights, and the New York City Teachers Union

Clarence Taylor


The New York City Teachers Union shares a deep history with the American left, having participated in some of its most explosive battles. Established in 1916, the union maintained an early, unofficial partnership with the American Communist Party, winning key union positions and advocating a number of Party goals. This book recounts this pivotal relationship and the backlash it created, as the union threw its support behind controversial policies and rights movements. It reaffirms the party's close ties with the union, yet it also makes clear that the organization was anything but a puppet of ... More

Keywords: social movement unionism, American Communist Party, American left, New York City Teachers Union, civil rights, Board of Education, Red Squad, anti-Semitism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231152693
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231152693.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clarence Taylor, author