1956, The World in Revolt by Simon Hall

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Well known uprisings in Poland and Hungary shake Moscow's carry on its jap ecu empire. around the American South, and within the Union of South Africa, black humans probability their livelihoods, and their lives, within the fight to dismantle institutionalised white supremacy and safe first class citizenship. France and Britain, already scuffling with anti-colonial insurgencies in Algeria and Cyprus, now face the humiliation of Suez. in the meantime, in Cuba, Fidel Castro and his band of rebels take to the Sierra Maestra to plan the overthrow of a dictator...

1956 was once some of the most outstanding years of the 20 th century. All around the globe, traditional humans spoke out, crammed the streets and town squares, and took up fingers in an try and win their freedom.

In reaction to those extraordinary demanding situations to their authority, these in strength fought again, in a determined bid to shore up their place. It was once an epic contest, and one that made 1956 - like 1789 and 1848 - a yr that modified our global.

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The OSS labour branch decided that their trades unionists could penetrate Germany itself. To conduct this penetration of Germany the OSS enlisted the support of a gifted trades unionist: the research director of the ILGWU, Lazar Tepper. Tepper, born in Russia in 1924, had studied at the Sorbonne and Johns Hopkins in the US. In the mid-l930s he joined forces with Dubinsky and became theiLGWU's research director. In 1943, Tepper reported for duty in Grosvenor Street to head Project Bach, the code name for the creation of labour agents who could operate behind German lines in Germany itself, reporting on conditions in Germany, supervising sabotage activities there.

As he expected, the AFL wanted no part of any organisation in which communists, especially Russian communists, were members. Equally, it wanted no part in any joint membership with the CIO or the independent Railroad Brotherhoods. The AFL offered to create an Anglo-American Union Committee on which the British and American unionists would have equal representation. When this proposal was presented to the Anglo-Soviet Council it was rejected by the Russians who wanted a direct tie with the US and who wished to foster closer links with the CIO which was making a major effort for world-wide recognition as the legitimate voice of US labour.

1 The PAFL was given the franking privilege. The AALD and the Committee funded the 'PanAmerican Labour Press', the PAFL publication. Monies for this journal were handled by Bernard Baruch as part of the responsibilities of the War Industries Board. This pattern of confidential US government funding of US labour activities in Latin America through tripartite bodies like the AALD was one which has survived until the present. In the interwar period, the US was concerned with the threats of extremism from both the right and the left.

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