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The Decline of American Communism

reviewed by Lloyd W. Ashby - 1961

coverTitle: The Decline of American Communism
Author(s): D. A. Shannon
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The rise and fall of American Communism in the schools parallels the fate of communism in the larger society. Never widespread or powerful anywhere in American society, the Communist Party did for a time make a noise out of proportion to the actual influence wielded. Of 1,500,000 teachers, perhaps 1,500 were members, and "they tended to be concentrated in a few areas, leaving the schools as a whole relatively unaffected; their participation tended to be confined to the thirties; and . . . they varied widely in the degree of their commitment." In 1945, when Browder was removed from leadership, there were an estimated 75,000 to 80,000 Communist party members in the United States in all walks of life. Leaders in labor and education were quick to recognize the meaning of Communism and to fight it—leaders such as Dewey, Counts, and Hook in education and Reuther in labor. Since 1945, American Communists... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 4, 1961, p. 333-333
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3345, Date Accessed: 9/17/2019 1:11:40 PM

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