The Communist Party in Schenectady, 1930s-1950s

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Communist Party Recruitment PosterUtilizing oral history excerpts, union and corporate archival documents, state police files, and newspapers, Dr. Gerald Zahavi will explore the beginning of aggressive communist organizing in Schenectady during the Great Depression and afterward.

Zahavi will focus on the men and women in the party as well as those who actively fought it — opponents in state and local government, unions and corporations (especially General Electric), religious organizations, and civil rights groups.

The event will be held at 6 pm on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady. Admission cost $5.00, but is free for Schenectady County Historical Society members.

Dr. Zahavi is a professor of History and Director of the Documentary Studies Program at the University at Albany. He is also Director of the Schenectady General Electric in the 20th Century Oral History and Documentation Project. The Schenectady County Historical Society is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking behind the building and overflow parking next door at the YWCA.


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