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Guide to the International Workers Order Records TAM.001

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 05, 2018
Description is in English.

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Title: International Workers Order Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1930-1956, (Bulk 1940-1951)
Dates [bulk]: 1945-1951
Abstract: The International Workers Order (IWO), a Communist-affiliated, ethnically organized fraternal order, was founded in 1930 following a split from the Workmen's Circle. At its peak, shortly after World War II, the IWO had almost 200,000 members and provided low-cost health and life insurance, medical and dental clinics, and supported foreign-language newspapers, cultural and educational activities. The IWO was put on the Attorney General's list of subversive organizations in 1947 which ultimately led to the liquidation of the IWO in 1954. The material documents the political activities of the IWO and several of its constituent groups, notably the Jewish Peoples Fraternal Order (including Yiddish-language material), the New York State Department of Insurance case against the IWO, and the Ingram Case, a 1940's court case in which a black woman and her two sons were sentenced to death for the murder of a white man.
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Call Phrase: TAM.001