Pushed Ashore: Coast Guard Screening on the Seattle Waterfront

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Pushed Ashore: Coast Guard Screening on the Seattle Waterfront

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dc.contributor.author Poole, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-17T23:23:37Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-17T23:23:37Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773/16593
dc.description Winner, 2011 Library Research Award for Undergraduates, Senior Non-Thesis Division
dc.description.abstract In 1950s, the United States Coast Guard operated under security regulations which vested them with absolute power in determining what laborers had access to maritime employment in national ports. At the end of World War II the economic and strategic importance of Seattle as a port city intersected with the growing fear that West Coast maritime labor unions were infiltrated by Communism. The 1951 Coast Guard regulations created an elaborate screening program, designed to eliminate subversive workers from maritime employment. This paper examines the lives of Seattle dockworkers and seamen who were disenfranchised by the Port Security Program in the 1950s. I argue that, while the Port Security Program was created as a deliberate effort to sift out Communist and radical laborers from the West Coast maritime economy, pre-existing ethnic, racial, ideological, and inter-union struggles in Seattle were played out through the mechanisms of the Federal screening program. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Discrimination in employment--Seattle, Washington en_US
dc.subject Labor unions--Washington State en_US
dc.title Pushed Ashore: Coast Guard Screening on the Seattle Waterfront en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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