American Labor’s Global Ambassadors

The International History of the AFL-CIO during the Cold War

  • Editors
  • Robert Anthony WatersJr.
  • Geert van Goethem

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Robert Anthony Waters Jr., Geert van Goethem
      Pages 1-6
  3. The Global Activism of a National Trade Union

  4. The Heavy Hand: Labor’s Ambassadors in Europe

  5. On a Mission: American Labor’s Ambassadors in Latin America and the Caribbean

  6. A Diplomatic Touch: Labor’s Ambassadors in Africa and Asia

  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 283-302

About this book


After World War II, the AFL-CIO pursued an ambitious agenda of containing global communism and helping to throw off the shackles of colonialism. This sweeping collection brings together contributions from leading historians to explore its successes, challenges, and inevitable compromises as it pursued these initiatives during the Cold War.


communism history labor politics liberty reform trade

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-47185-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-36022-9
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