To the Work We Must Do: The Washington State Communist Party 1945-Beyond
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This study was conducted for two years, and drew resources from Canwell Committee documents, newspapers, letters, and other historians. A major conclusion of this work is that the Washington State Communist Party adapted to the changing culture of the State of Washington, and more broadly the United States with the end of the Second World War. Historically, the Washington State Communist Party had cultivated links with the academic community. By the time of the Canwell Committee, those academic links which had helped the party became severed by expulsion of sympathetic professors and public distrust. Following the Canwell Committee, the Washington State Communist Party was forced to start anew. The Canwell Committee had forced the Washington State Communist Party to move into an open party to move from the political fringe into the political mainstream. This meant that the Washington State Communist Party sought further participation at the University of Washington, ran for political offices, and became increasingly active in fighting for civil rights. While the Washington State Communist Party was unable to move to the politically mainstream as they had hoped for, these actions allowed debate of Marxist theory to cany forward into the 1980s and present times.