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ISBN:023115268X
Author: Clarence Taylor
ISBN13: 978-0231152686
Title: Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights, and the New York City Teachers Union
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Language: English
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Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 22, 2011)
Pages: 384

Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights, and the New York City Teachers Union by Clarence Taylor



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Reds at the Blackboard showcases the rise of a unique type of unionism that would later dominate the organizational efforts behind civil rights, academic freedom, and the empowerment of blacks and Latinos. Through its affiliation with the Communist Party, the union pioneered what would later become social movement unionism, solidifying ties with labor groups, black and Latino parents, and civil rights organizations to acquire greater school and community resources. It also militantly fought to improve working conditions for teachers while championing broader social concerns.

Clarence Taylor recounts this pivotal relationship and the backlash it created, as the union threw its support behind controversial policies and rights movements. This call for the inclusion of black history in the American experience was not a new one among teachers.

Established in 1916, the union maintained an early, unofficial partnership with the American Communist Party, winning key union positions and advocating a number of Party goals. Clarence Taylor recounts this pivotal relationship and the backlash it created, as the union threw its support behind controversial policies and rights movements

Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights, and the New York City Teachers Union by Clarence Taylor 384 pages. Columbia University Press, 2011. Within the last few years, leaders within the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) have come to an important realization: isolation in the fight to save public education is no winning strategy. New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg and the city’s Department of Education have moved swiftly since 2002 to replace public schools with charter schools, all the while placing teacher unions and their members under critical, public scrutiny

Baruch College history professor Clarence Taylor’s most recent book, Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights, and the New York City Teachers Union examines the complex history between the radical Left and teacher unionism. In this conversation, he talks about his years in New York City public high schools and his evolving views on liberalism, conservatism, and the direction of radical politics in the age of Obama. The Nostalgia Trap is hosted by David Parsons

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Much of Reds at the Blackboard details the Teachers Union’s excellent record on civil rights. Indeed, as Taylor is at pains to point out, the Union fought for racial justice more than most other teacher unions and unions in general. The tu campaigned for more African American teachers in the classroom, exposed racist principals, and opposed policies of the Board of Education that kept the school system segregated. The United Federation of Teachers (uft), formed in 1960 by young militant teachers who sought to gain collective bargaining rights to improve teachers’ salaries and benefits, competed with the Teachers Union for members. In November 1960 the uft organized the first New York City’s teachers’ strike, leading to the first collective bargaining election for public schoolteachers in a major US city.

The New York City Teachers Union shares a deep history with the American left, having participated in some of its most explosive battles. Established in 1916, the union maintained an early, unofficial partnership with the American Communist Party, winning key union positions and advocating a number of Party goals. Clarence Taylor recounts this pivotal relationship and the backlash it created, as the union threw its support behind controversial policies and rights movements. Taylor's research reaffirms the party's close ties with the union—yet it also makes clear that the organization was anything but a puppet of Communist power.Reds at the Blackboard showcases the rise of a unique type of unionism that would later dominate the organizational efforts behind civil rights, academic freedom, and the empowerment of blacks and Latinos. Through its affiliation with the Communist Party, the union pioneered what would later become social movement unionism, solidifying ties with labor groups, black and Latino parents, and civil rights organizations to acquire greater school and community resources. It also militantly fought to improve working conditions for teachers while championing broader social concerns. For the first time, Taylor reveals the union's early growth and the somewhat illegal attempts by the Board of Education to eradicate the group. He describes how the infamous Red Squad and other undercover agents worked with the board to bring down the union and how the union and its opponents wrestled with charges of anti-Semitism.