Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights and the NYC Teachers Union
DEC 09, 2014 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
1201: Elebash Recital Hall
December 09, 2014: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Gotham Center for NYC History
The New York City Teachers Union bears a deep history with the American Left, having participated in some of its most explosive battles. Historian Clarence Taylor recounts the pivotal relationship and the backlash it created, as the union threw its support behind social protest movements. Taylor's research reaffirms the union's close ties with the U.S. Communist Party, yet also makes clear that the organization was anything but a puppet. 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.