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Between a River and a Mountain: The AFL-CIO and the Vietnam War (Hardback)

Edmund F. Wehrle

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ISBN 10: 0472099000 / ISBN 13: 9780472099009
Edité par The University of Michigan Press, United States, 2006
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Language: English . Brand New Book. In Between a River and a Mountain , Edmund Wehrle details American labor s surprisingly complex relationship to the American War in Vietnam. Breaking from the simplistie story of hardhat patriotism, Wehrle uses newly-released archival material to demonstrate the AFL-CIO s continuing dedication to social, political and economic reform in Vietnam. The complex, sometimes turbulent, relationship between American union leaders and their counterparts in the Vietnamese Confederation of Labor (known as the CVT) led to dangerous political compromises: the AFL-CIO eventually accepted much-needed support for their Vietnamese activities from the CIA, while the CVT s need to sustain their relationship with the Americans lured them into entanglements, with a succession of corrupt Saigon governments. It has long been believed that the AFL-CIO submitted to a junior partnership with the U.S. government in the 1950s and 60s. Edmund Wehrle explodes this simplification, describing the AFL-CIO s fight to maintain its reformist foreign affairs agenda.The union did make alliances of convenience to advance its causes, however, and as these compromises piled up, the union s reputation eventually suffered. Although the story s endpoint - the painfully divided and weakened labor movement of the 1970s - may be familiar, Wehrle offers an entirely new understanding of the historical forces behind that decline, unraveling his story with considerable sophistication and narrative skill. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780472099009

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Titre : Between a River and a Mountain: The AFL-CIO ...

Éditeur : The University of Michigan Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2006

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Between a River and a Mountain details American labor's surprisingly complex relationship to the American war in Vietnam. Breaking from the simplistic story of "hard hat patriotism," Wehrle uses newly released archival material to demonstrate the AFL-CIO's continuing dedication to social, political, and economic reform in Vietnam. The complex, sometimes turbulent, relationship between American union leaders and their counterparts in the Vietnamese Confederation of Labor (known as the CVT) led to dangerous political compromises: the AFL-CIO eventually accepted much-needed support for their Vietnamese activities from the CIA, while the CVT's need to sustain their relationship with the Americans lured them into entanglements with a succession of corrupt Saigon governments. Although the story's endpoint--the painfully divided and weakened labor movement of the 1970s--may be familiar, Wehrle offers an entirely new understanding of the historical forces leading up to that decline, unraveling his story with considerable sophistication and narrative skill.

"Stunning in its research and sophisticated in its analysis, Between a River and a Mountain is one of the best studies we have of labor and the Vietnam War."
--Robert K. Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations, Vassar College

"Skillfully blending diplomatic and labor history, Wehrle's book is a valuable contribution to the ever-widening literature on the Vietnam War."
--George Herring, University of Kentucky

"Wehrle has written a compelling and original study of the AFL-CIO, the South Vietnamese labor movement and the Vietnam War."
--Judith Stein, Professor of History, City College and Graduate School of the City University of New York

"With this important book, Edmund Wehrle gives us the first full-fledged scholarly examination of organized labor's relationship to the Vietnam War. Based on deep research in U.S. and foreign archives, and presented in clear and graceful prose, Between a River and a Mountain adds a great deal to our understanding of how the AFL-CIO approached the war and in turn was fundamentally altered by its staunch support for Americanization. Nor is it merely an American story that Wehrle tells, for he also presents fascinating information on the Vietnamese Confederation of Labor and its sometimes-strained relations with U.S. labor."
--Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University

Edmund F. Wehrle is Assistant Professor of History, Eastern Illinois University.

About the Author:

Edmund F. Wehrle is Assistant Professor of History, Eastern Illinios University.

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