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The Committee of Vigilance: The Law and Order Committee of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Its War Against the Left, 1916 - 1919

Author: 
Levi, Steven C.
Credentials: 
Independent Scholar/Author specializing in California and Alaskan History; Boom and Bust in the Alaska Goldfields, Greenwood, 2007

In THE COMMITTEE OF VIGILANCE Steven Levi discusses and analyzes the rise and fall of the last of the old western vigilance committees---and the rise of the first modern American committee devoted to ferreting out “Un- American activities”among the laboring poor,union leaders, progressive politicians and social activists. The Preparedness Day bombing of 1916 was the catalyst(along with the Los Angeles Times bombing several years earlier) for full scale civic strife and class violence in San Francisco. The committee railroaded two men to the death house—Tom Mooney and Warren Billings—and their cause became one of the most celebrated in Socialist and Communist movements throughout the world in the 20's and 30's. Levi has done more research on the bombing and its polarizing aftermath since his first research monograph 30 years ago. This work includes new material on terror and American culture as well discussions of material that has only become public in the last few decades.

Market: 
Labor History,U.S.,California History,20th c, San Francisco,World War 1,the Progressive Movement, American Anarchism,American Penal/Corrections history, Origins of Terrorism, Socialism,20th c.
Release Date: 
12/2009
ISBN: 
Paper: 978-1-933146799/ 1933146-79-6
Price: 
$49.95
Trim Size: 
6 x 9
Pages: 
264
Index: 
Yes
Bibliography: 
Yes
Illustrations: 
Yes
CIP: 
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
1727 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 507
Washington, DC 20036

Irish Research Series: 
No