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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.138) Chapter 8 Surge?
Fighting in Paradise

Gerald Horne

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses events leading up to the 1948 elections. It details the revival of the once moribund Democratic Party, which culminated in the stunning defeat of the GOP in the pivotal 1954 elections, and set the political tone for Hawaii for decades to come. Yet the foundation for the ouster from power of the instrument of the elite—the Republican Party—had been laid by the International Longshore and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) and its allies in the Communist Party, and this trend had begun to appear as early as the elections of 1944. This did not bode well for the “Big Five” corporations that dominated the local economy.

Keywords:   elections, Hawaii, Communist Party, International Longshore and Warehousemen's Union, ILWU, Democratic Party, Republican Party

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