By Robert Anthony Waters Jr., Geert Van Goethem, Marcel van der Linden
After global struggle II, the AFL-CIO pursued an bold time table of containing worldwide communism and supporting to throw off the shackles of colonialism. This sweeping assortment brings jointly contributions from best historians to discover its successes, demanding situations, and inevitable compromises because it pursued those projects throughout the chilly battle.
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This chapter’s purpose was not to provide a full overview of the AFL’s funding and, indeed, we are facing perhaps an impossible task. Lovestone was very ingenious when it came to covering up things. 49 By the end of the war, the FTUC was a smooth-running organization, with experienced staff people and sufficient resources. And the Cold War was raging. AFL activism would, perhaps, have ceased to exist at the end of World War II, if it were not for the Cold War. However, it cannot be considered a mere offshoot of the Cold War.
One of the the afl against soviet “slave labor” / 29 difficulties (and opportunities) inherent to labor’s support of the US government propaganda was the contradictions present back home. An analyst examining the influence of Soviet propaganda illustrated the point well: “The Soviet group constantly hammers away that America is making slaves of its workers both domestically and in the overseas operations of American corporations. This is, of course, absurd. ”35 As an indication of this concern, a large number of the slave labor articles published in the New York Times during this time focused not on Communist countries, but upon the domestic labor situation in the United States.