American Federation of Teachers: International Affairs Department Records
The AFT has always maintained a close relationship with unions from across the globe. The AFT was very active with the World Federation of Education Association and the International Federation of Free Teacher Unions. By the 1970s with the election of Albert Shanker as president of the AFT; the international affairs department took a more prominent role in international activities particularly in Eastern and Central Europe, Central America, Africa and Asia.
The majority of the collection deals with AFT’s activities via various non-government organizations that worked in Poland and Russia. Documentation and reports about the activities of various unions in other countries as well as their governments are scattered through out this collection especially in the files of countries. There is valuable information on the development and creation of various organizations, such as Education for Democracy International and the International Civic Education Exchange Program. Some AFL-CIO files contain insight on day-to-day operations right before the fall of the Soviet Union.
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