Pedigo discusses the Baldanzi-Rieve split in the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) in 1952. Pedigo explains that divisions within the TWUA were complicated and the result of more than a simple argument between George Baldanzi and Emil Rieve. Nevertheless, he argues that people within the TWUA split into groups in support of one or the other—those who remained with Baldanzi were the "intellectuals" whereas those who gravitated towards Rieve believed the Baldanzi faction had become too radical. Pedigo discusses the impact of this division on the TWUA as an organization. As for the personal impact, Pedigo, who remained loyal to Baldanzi, was fired in 1952.