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The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left$
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Landon R. Y. Storrs

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153964

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153964.001.0001

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Allegations of Disloyalty at Labor and Consumer Agencies, 1939–43

Allegations of Disloyalty at Labor and Consumer Agencies, 1939–43

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(p.51) Chapter 2 Allegations of Disloyalty at Labor and Consumer Agencies, 1939–43
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The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left
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Landon R. Y. Storrs

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153964.003.0003

This chapter looks at key figures in the emerging anticommunist network and analyzes two early episodes: the Smith Committee attack on the National Labor Relations Board and its allies, and the Dies Committee attack on the consumer movement, especially the League of Women Shoppers and the Office of Price Administration. The power of the labor movement in stimulating the reaction against the New Deal is well known, but the consumer movement should be recognized as another major trigger. Women were important in the ascendance of both industrial unionism and organized consumerism, and conservatives highlighted women's role in an effort to undermine public confidence in those movements and their allied government agencies.

Keywords:   anticommunism, National Labor Relations Board, consumer movement, League of Women Shoppers, Office of Price Administration, labor movement, New Deal, industrial unionism, organized consumerism, public confidence

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