Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Slutsky, Beth.

Title Gendering radicalism : women and communism in twentieth-century California / Beth Slutsky
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2015
Online access available from:
ProQuest Ebook Central Subscription    View Resource Record  
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource
Series Women in the West
Women in the West.
Contents 1. Three Generations of American Communist Women -- 2. Parlor Pink Turned Soapbox Red : Charlotte Anita Whitney, the American Communist Matriarch, 1867-1955 -- 3. Red Queen of the West : Dorothy Ray Healey and the Grounding of California's Old Left, 1914-2006 -- 4. The New Old Left : Kendra Harris Alexander, 1946-1993 -- 5. American Communism after Three Generations
Summary "An examination of how American leftist radicalism was experienced in a gendered and raced context through the lives of three women (Charlotte Anita Whitney, Dorothy Ray Healey, and Kendra Harris Alexander) who joined and led the California branches of the Communist Party from 1919 to 1992"-- Provided by publisher
"In 1919 Charlotte Anita Whitney, a wealthy white woman, received one of the first Communist Labor Party membership cards for the charter group of the northern California Communist Labor Party. Less than a decade later in Berkeley, California, a Jewish woman named Dorothy Ray Healey became a card-carrying member of the Young Communist League. Nearly forty years later, in 1966, Kendra Claire Harris Alexander, a mixed-race woman, enlisted with the Los Angeles branch of the Communist Party, determined to promote class equality. In Gendering Radicalism, Beth Slutsky examines how American leftist radicalism was experienced through the lives of these three women who led the California branches of the Communist Party from its founding in 1919 to its near dissolution in 1992. Separately, each woman represents a generation of the membership and activism of the party. Collectively, Slutsky argues, their individual histories tell the story of one of the most infamous organizations this country has ever known and in a broader sense represent the story of all women who have devoted their lives to radicalism in America. Slutsky considers how gender politics, California's political climate, coalitions with other activist groups and local communities, and generational dynamics created a grassroots Communist movement distinct from the Communist parties in the Soviet Union and Europe. An ambitious comparative study, Gendering Radicalism demonstrates the continuity and changes of the party both within and among three generations of its female leaders' lives"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Alexander, Kendra, 1946-1993.
Healey, Dorothy, 1914-2006.
Whitney, Anita, 1867-1955.
Communist Party of the United States of America (Calif.) -- History.
Intergenerational relations -- Political aspects -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Sex role -- Political aspects -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Women communists -- California -- Biography.
Women political activists -- California -- Biography.
Women radicals -- California -- Biography.
California -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0803278624 (electronic bk.)
9780803278622 (electronic bk.)