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Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation (Reconfiguring American Political History)

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Drawing on substantial new research, Red Feminism traces the development of a distinctive Communist strain of American feminism from its troubled beginnings in the 1930s, through its rapid growth in the Congress of American Women during the early years of the Cold War, to its culmination in Communist Party circles of the late 1940s and early 1950s. The author argues persua ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 7th 2002 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published November 16th 2000)
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Rosalie
Sep 19, 2011 Rosalie rated it really liked it
Not surprising that the feminist movement would do all it can to destroy the family. Not at all surprising that

Sanger would be affiliated with it and communism. These people were determined to wipe out the black race. They have succeeded in ruining the family and they enjoy and celebrate the end of patriachy in favor of single households of improvished children, morally deprived youth and the rise of gay marriage as a way of destroying the nuclear family entirely. Its the marxist wet dream.
David Anderson
Apr 01, 2017 David Anderson rated it it was amazing
This one of the best works of women's history and/or history of left and progressive movements I've read. Weigand successfully demonstrates the connections between American communism and the second wave of feminism that came into focus in the 1960s and 1970s, focusing on women who were members of or connected to the Communist Party (CP) and detailing the evolution of CP doctrine from the 1930s through the 1950s.

"The gulf between first-and second-wave feminism seems less broad, thanks to this tho
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Dan Sharber
Jan 02, 2012 Dan Sharber rated it really liked it
this book was a good corrective to the myth that there was no good feminist organizing going on between the suffragette movement and 2nd wave feminism in the 60's. it is also a good corrective to the narrative that the cp was bad on the woman question. this book shows the great work that was done by the cp during the 40's and 50's as well as explaining the context within which this work was done. the problems and missteps are not glossed over but nor are they simply taken for the entirety of the ...more
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Mar 19, 2008 Nate rated it liked it
Red Feminism consists primarily of a close reading of Communist Party and CP front group members take on what used to be called "the woman question." Red women developed an analysis of male dominance in society and in the party, and used it to challenge both. Weigand succeeds in her goal of showing that feminists existed between first wave and second wave feminism, with the CP being one of their homes. Other historians often overlook this, and paint the CP and its millieu (sp?) with too broad of ...more
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