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Fighting in Paradise: Labor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii

Gerald Horne


Powerful labor movements played a critical role in shaping modern Hawaii, beginning in the 1930s, when International Longshore and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) representatives were dispatched to the islands to organize plantation and dock laborers. They were stunned by the feudal conditions they found in Hawaii, where the majority of workers—Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino in origin—were routinely subjected to repression and racism at the hands of white bosses. The wartime civil liberties crackdown brought union organizing to a halt; but as the war wound down, Hawaii workers' frustrat ... More

Keywords: Hawaii, feudal conditions, repression, racism, wartime civil liberties, social welfare system, union power, radicalism, International Longshore and Warehousemen's Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835026
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835026.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald Horne, author
University of Houston