By Joseph J. Ellis
Via snap shots of 4 figures—Charles Willson Peale, Hugh Henry Brackenridge, William Dunlap, and Noah Webster—Joseph Ellis presents a different point of view at the position of tradition in post-Revolutionary the USA, either its excessive expectancies and its frustrations.
Each existence is attention-grabbing in its personal correct, and every is used to brightly remove darkness from the old context.
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2) All three were settled only after the opposing sides took each other’s measure in physical tests of strength. Strikers, reinforced by masses of outside sympathizers and unemployed engaged in pitched battles with special deputies, strike-breakers, police, and National Guardsmen; bricks, rocks, street-paving and lead pipes against clubs, guns and tear gas. It was industrial war at its most raw. (3) Despite the hysteria against Communists and communism, and the featured charges in the press about conspiracies and plots to overthrown the government, the strikers enjoyed widespread support from the public, including sections of the middle class.
112, 140, 169–71. ) 1976, pp. 93–6. The Mass Strike • 21 leading elements. Cannon and his comrades thus necessarily adapted to the new contours of the political landscape. As the CLA leader wrote, the progressives in Muste’s milieu were ‘weather cocks. The decisive factor is the pressure of the masses. 11 However small their numbers, the American Workers’ Party had a significant impact on the wave of union-drives that swept through Toledo’s auto-parts plants in the summer of 1933 and continued into 1934.
P. Pointing out that this organ of the Party became the official strike-paper on the waterfront, The Militant noted that this ‘openly put the label of communism on the leadership’, sacrificing the interests of the masses and isolating not only those directing the strike, but also those many radical workers committed to an all-out fight against the bosses and their hirelings, be they vigilantes, police, or Guardsmen. Whether it registered in the Western Worker becoming the de facto voice of the strikers, or the hope that a federation of waterfront-unions would consolidate under the Communist Party’s leadership through splits in the ranks of the AFL unions and the breaking off of a sizeable chunk of the ILA membership, it appeared that the Stalinist priority was less a generalised advance of working-class interests than promoting the Party and its particular agenda.
After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture by Joseph J. Ellis