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Sewing the Fabric of Statehood : Garment Unions, American Labor, and the Establishment of the State of

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"This project by Adam Howard explores American labor's role in aiding the growth of a Jewish state in the Middle East, as well as its part in gaining U.S. recognition for Israel. The Jewish labor movement developed its strength in the garment industry during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, leading to the creation of several Jewish labor organizations as well as a strong Jewish influence within three powerful garment unions influential with the general American labor movement. Howard shows how these influential unions, together with various Jewish labor organizations, convinced the AFL and CIO to support Jewish development in Palestine through land purchases for colonization by Jewish workers, the construction of trade schools and cultural centers, and massive economic aid to Histadrut, the General Federation of Jewish Workers in Palestine. He shows how they lobbied British Labor Party leaders to support a Jewish state in Palestine, especially after the British Labor Party won power in 1945. He also examines the pressure these American groups exerted on political allies within the U.S., in Congress and the White House as well as at the local level, and assesses their pivotal role in the 1948 presidential election. Going beyond a focus on AFL and CIO cooperation with the U.S. government in foreign affairs, this project demonstrates how American labor forged its own foreign policy abroad, often operating outside the boundaries of national governments, to aid the development of a Jewish state in Palestine"--
Number of Pages: 154
Genre: Political Science, Social Science, Business + Money Management
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: Working Class in American History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
Author: Adam M. Howard
Language: English
Street Date: December 13, 2017
TCIN: 53249845
UPC: 9780252083013
Item Number (DPCI): 248-59-1284
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