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Fighting in ParadiseLabor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawaii$
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Gerald Horne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835026

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835026.001.0001

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(p.120) Chapter 7 Purge
Fighting in Paradise

Gerald Horne

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses events leading up to ouster of leading Communist John Reinecke, and his spouse, Aiko Reinecke from the teaching profession. This targeting of the Reineckes was part of a larger crackdown. John Reinecke alleged that the refuse collectors made special examination of his garbage, along with that of Jack Hall and others on the Left. This was the run-up to a public hearing exploring how it was that two presumed Communists could become schoolteachers and thereby be in a position to mold young minds. They were charged with being members of the Communist Party in Hawaii under a provision of a law originally enacted in 1884 that declared secret societies illegal. They were ousted summarily, though after the political climate had changed, in 1976 the Board of Education voted to restore his teaching credential, apologize to them both, and recommend the restoration of their pensions.

Keywords:   Communist Party, labor movement, Communists, John Reinecke, Aiko Reinecke, schoolteachers

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