Guide to the American Left Ephemera Collection, 1875-2015 AIS.2007.11

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
American Left Ephemera Collection
Creator
Oestreicher, Richard Jules, 1947-
Collection Number
AIS.2007.11
Date
1875-2015
Extent
22.75 linear feet  (37 boxes)
Language
While the bulk of the material in the collection is in English, there are a variety of foreign language items including Yiddish, Italian, Finnish, Spanish, Hungarian, French and others.
Abstract
Dr. Richard Oestreicher, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, amassed the American Left Ephemera Collection over a 35-year period to document the history of the American Left from the 1870s to the present. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.

Preferred Citation

American Left Ephemera Collection, 1875-2015, AIS.2007.11, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Left

Left and Right as political designations date to the French Revolution when the Jacobins sat on the left in the National Assembly and the Girondins on the right. The Left has come to mean movements, organizations, and intellectual or cultural tendencies that emphasize an egalitarian ethos, a utopian vision of social reconstruction, and a commitment to agitation and action to advance that ethos and vision.

Major Left-Wing Organizations in the Twentieth-Century U.S.

Only three left-wing organizations have attained mass followings in the twentieth-century U.S.: the Socialist Party of the U.S. (SPUSA), the Communist Party of the U.S. (CPUSA), and the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Founded 1901 with remnants still in existence today, SPUSA reached a peak membership of about 120,000 around the 1912 election when it polled 6% of the presidential vote. The party declined sharply after 1919 from a combination of government repression, a split between reformists and revolutionaries crystallized by the Bolshevik revolution, and the effects of social change on their core constituencies and on the credibility of their hopes for imminent change.

CPUSA, formed out of an amalgamation of revolutionary factions from the 1919 split in the Socialist Party, reached a membership of roughly 75,000 (with a pool of close sympathizers, "fellow travelers," perhaps five to ten times larger than the membership) at the end of the 1930s and again during WWII. CPUSA declined very rapidly after the war under the impact of the Cold War, disillusionment with the Soviet Union, postwar prosperity, and the Party's dogmatic and sectarian tendencies.

SDS began as the student wing of the League for Industrial Democracy (originally an organization of socialist college students that evolved into a social-democratic policy group of intellectuals and union functionaries). They parted company with the parent organization over Vietnam and anticommunism in the early 1960s, and expanded rapidly during the 1960s as the most visible American exponents of the New Left. In contrast to the old Left parties, SDS did not collect monthly dues or keep systematic membership records, so estimates of its membership vary widely, but at its peak in 1968-69 probably several hundred thousand people identified themselves at least loosely with SDS.

Role of the Left in Modern U.S. History

Although each of these organizations briefly functioned as a mass movement, none sustained substantial organization for much more than a decade. Nonetheless, they had decisive impact on modern American history. Left-wing activists played crucial roles in virtually every progressive social movement in twentieth-century America: labor organization, civil rights and black liberation, antiwar and peace movements, feminism, gay rights, environmentalism, and anti-globalism. They shaped terms of debate in American political culture and forced mainstream politicians to respond to their arguments. Understanding the history of the Left is thus critical to understanding key themes in American history.

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Scope and Content Notes

The collection includes items from the 1870s to the present including periodicals, photographs, letters, pamphlets, books, posters, flyers, labels, pins and other objects, but it emphasizes ephemeral items (e.g., items made for one time or brief usage and then likely to be discarded). While the majority of these items were produced by the Socialist Party USA (SPUSA), Communist Party USA (CPUSA), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), or organizations linked to them, the collection also includes material from a wide variety of other organizations and movements as well as from unaffiliated activists and radical intellectuals.

Dr. Richard Oestreicher wrote all of the scope and content notes within the collection as well as writing the History section.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject into 28 series; the list is arranged by type.

Series I. African Americans and the Left

Series II. Anarchists

Series III. Anti-War Propaganda

Series IV. Christian Socialism

Series V. Citizens Party

Series VI. Communists and Civil Liberties

Series VII. Communist Party USA (CPUSA)

Series VIII. Ethnic Radicalism

Series IX. Feminism, Gay and Lesbian

Series X. Labor

Series XI. Leftist Organizations Thought in Relation to the Rest of the World and U.S. Economics/Imperialism

Series XII. New Left Organizations

Series XIII. Other Radical/Leftist Organizations

Series XIV. Popular Front Culture

Series XV. Progressive Party

Series XVI. Socialist Labor Party (SLP)

Series XVII. Socialist Party USA (SPUSA)

Series XVIII. Socialist Worker's Party (SWP)

Series XIX. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)

Series XX. Student Peace Union (SPU)

Series XXI. Utopian Socialism

Series XXII. Vietnam War

Series XXIII. Realia: Pins and Other Objects

Series XXIV. Twenty-First Century Radical Movements

Series XXV. Democratic Socialism

Series XXVI. Food Not Bombs

Series XXVII. Populists/Pre-Populists

Series XXVIII. Radical Academics

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, July 2012

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collectons
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Revision Description

 New material added to collection is found in Box 37. New material added to the collection in June 2015 is found in Boxes 20-35. March 2016

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Custodial History

In Oestreicher's own words, "In graduate school I discovered that the world of antique ephemera and collectibles gave me access to historical raw materials and a source of supplementary income. Selling junk was more fun and more lucrative than other jobs that had carried me through summer breaks in graduate funding. For the last thirty-four years I've followed a sometimes schizophrenic path: radical historian by day, hippy-trippy, petty bourgeois capitalist on the side. Along the way I accumulated a vast hoard of ephemera relating to American working-class and radical history." Oestreicher donated his collection to the Archives Service Center in 2007.

Accruals

Received a second donation of material in November 2014 and a third in December 2015.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Richard Oestreicher on October 2, 2008.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ethan Steinfels in 2009 and Lindsay Bedford and Patrick Trembeth in 2011. The second gift of material was processed by Kyle Conway in January-March 2015. Dr. Richard Oestreicher wrote all of the scope and content notes within the collection as well as writing the History section.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.

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Related Materials

Related Material

A.E. Forbes Communist Collection, 1921-1972, AIS.2000.07, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Communist Party of the United States of America. -- History -- Sources
  • Socialist Labor Party. -- History -- Sources
  • Socialist Party (U.S.). -- History -- Sources
  • Socialist Workers Party. -- History -- Sources
  • Student Peace Union (U.S.). -- History -- Sources
  • Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.). -- History -- Sources

Genre(s)

  • Buttons (Information artifacts)
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs
  • Posters

Subject(s)

  • Anarchism -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Christian socialism -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Communism -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Labor -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Minorities -- Political activity -- United States -- Sources
  • New Left -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Politics
  • Radicalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Social action
  • Socialism -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Utopian socialism -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

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Previous Citation

American Left Ephemera Collection, 1875-2015, AIS.2007.11, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. African Americans and the Left 

Scope and Content Notes

This series focuses on the role African Americans played in leftist movements and on left wing support for campaigns against racist practices and for Black civil rights, including the major role Communism played in the Civil Rights Movement before the 1950s, and influence of Black Liberation on the New Left. While the Socialist Party gave nominal rhetorical support to racial equality, most Socialist Party leaders considered racial discrimination (or gender, ethnic, or religious discrimination) as distinctly secondary to the class struggle, and a significant minority within the Party harbored racist views. Blacks folks suffered, SP leaders argued, primarily because their labor was exploited and that would only be solved by socialism.

Communists, in contrast, stressed the importance of racial discrimination, saw combatting racism as a prerequisite to progress on all other issues, and insisted on individual personal commitment to antiracism as a non-negotiable part of adherence to Party discipline. While advocacy by Black activists contributed to this posture, it resulted primarily from positions developed within the Communist International (Comintern) and pushed by key Soviet leaders such as Lenin and Stalin. Communists considered the problems of African-Americans as a special case of what they called the “national question,” that is the national aspirations of ethnic groups and peoples suffering discrimination and denial of rights because of their domination within colonial empires or within multi-ethnic European Empires such as the German, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian Empires. Communist concern with the national question derived mainly from two influences. First, the Soviet state incorporated the many discontented national groups of the Russian Empire forcing Soviet leaders to develop a national policy. They responded by creating a series of nominally independent ethnic republics or autonomous regions and reinventing the state as a theoretically egalitarian union of these republics. Second, Communists considered the massive popular discontent of colonial peoples as the Achilles heel of world capitalism and a great political opportunity to expand their global influence. Soviet and Comintern efforts attracted the attention of many prominent anticolonial leaders including a group of Black intellectuals who developed to develop the ideal and program of Pan-Africanism. While many Pan-Africanists eventually became disillusioned with Communism, this overlap between Communism and Pan-Africanism had enduring influence on Black nationalists within the United States into the 1960s even after the CPUSA ceased to be an even minimally viable organization.

New Left concern with civil rights and Black liberation derived first from the inspirational role of the Civil Rights movement, and second from the way the US participation in the War in Vietnam made activists aware of the problems of colonialism, imperialism, and relationships between developed and underdeveloped countries. New Leftists, inspired by Pan-Africanism (in some cases without full awareness of the history of these formulations) tended to think of African-Americans as a colonial people marooned within in the imperialist metropole.

  BoxFolder
Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Flyer 11
Online
  Folder
Songs of the Southern Freedom Movement, We Shall Overcome! compiled by Guy and Candie Carawan for The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, 1963 2
  Folder
The Truth About Columbia Tennessee Cases 3
Online
  Folder
Three Associated Press Photographs of African American Communist Angelo Herndon, Mid 1930's 4
Online
  Folder
Jim Crow "Justice" In Korea, The Case of Lieutenant Leon Gilbert 5
Online
  Folder
In Defense of Negro Rights, by Benjamin J. Davis, January 1950 6
Online
  Folder
The Negro People in the struggle for Peace and Freedom, By Benjamin J. Davis, February 1951 7
Online
  Folder
The Negro People on the March, Report to the National Committee of the Communist Party, U.S.A., by Benjamin J. Davis, August 1956 8
Online
  Folder
The Historic Fight to Abolish School Segregation in the United States, by Doxey A. Wilkerson 9
Online
  Folder
"The Negro Question", Outline and Study-Guide for Five-Session Course, January 1949 10
Online
  Folder
Negro History Week, 1950 11
Online
  Folder
Negro History Week, 1951 12
Online
  Folder
Negro History Week, 1952 13
Online
  Folder
Negro History Week, February 1954 14
Online
  Folder
Umbra, December, 1963 15
  Folder
Umbra Anthology, 1967-1968 16
  Folder
This Man Will Die Unless You Help 17
Online
  Folder
The Cruel and Unusual Punishment of Henry Winston, by Mike Newberry 18
Online
  Folder
"Resolutions from the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa", September 24-27, 1964 19
Online
  Folder
The White Problem 20
Online
  Folder
Letter from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 1968 21
Online
  Folder
Memo to contributors from the SCLC Staff, April 1968 22
Online
  Folder
"Negroes Beaten in Grenada School Integration" New York Times article, Tuesday, September 13, 1966 23
Online
  Folder
Michael Zinzun for the 55th Assembly District campaign pamphlet 24
Online
  Folder
"Black Party Founding Convention" flyer, 1980 25
Online
  Folder
"Hear the Communist Candidates" flyer 26
Online
  Folder
"Hot Thang---Bar-B-Q" Flyer, 1972 27
Online
  Folder
The Road to Liberation for the Negro People, September 1937 28
Online
  Folder
"Rally For Youth Rights" Flyer 29
Online
  Folder
Justice For All Humanity, Colored America Answers the Challenge of Pearl S. Buck 30
Online
  Folder
Africa Fights for Freedom, by Alphaeus Hunton, March 1950 31
Online
  Folder
David P. Widamen For Congress 4th Congressional District Progressive Party Ticket Campaign Pamphlet 32
Online
  Folder
Vote for a Fighter against War and Racism, Jarvis Tyner, Communist Candidate for Vice-President 33
Online
  Folder
"Theoretical Aspects of the Negro Question in the United States" 34
Online
  Folder
The New Secession- And How To Smash It, Riding to Freedom, by Herbert Aptheker and James E. Jackson, June 1961 35
Online
  Folder
Forces of Progress in the South, Workers, Farmers, and the Negro People, by Jim Jackson, 1955 36
Online
  Folder
American Imperialism and White Chauvinism, by Herbert Aptheker 37
Online
  Folder
FEPC, How it was Betrayed, How it can be Saved, By Rob Fowler Hall, February 1950 38
Online
  Folder
"The Time is Now! Mr. President Wipe Out Slums and Ghettos! Billions for Life-Not Death!" Open Letter 39
Online
  Folder
"Program to End Ghettos and Fight Poverty" Flyer 40
Online
  Folder
The Road to Negro Liberation, Report to the Eighth Convention of the Communist Party of the U.S.A., by Harry Haywood, June 1934 41
Online
  Folder
Some Aspects of the Negro Question in the United States, by James E. Jackson, July 1959 42
Online
  Folder
Now is the Time, by M.E. Travis 43
Online
  Folder
Let Freedom Ride the Rails 44
Online
  Folder
Negro Freedom is in the Interest of Every American, by Gus Hall, July 1964 45
Online
  Folder
The Party of Negro and White, By Pettis Perry, March, 1953 46
Online
  Folder
Marxism and Negro Liberation, by Gus Hall, May 1951 47
Online
  Folder
"Marxism and the Negro Question" 48
Online
  Folder
American Negro Problems 49
Online
  Folder
The Struggle for Afro-American Liberation 50
Online
  Folder
Negro Representation Now!, by Elaine Ross 51
Online
  Folder
The Communist Position on the Negro Question 52
Online
  Folder
On Certain Aspects of Bourgeois Nationalism Pamphlet 53
Online
  Folder
Negro-White Unity, by Henry Winston, February 1967 54
Online
  Folder
For These Things We Fight Pamphlet 55
Online
  Folder
The Jobless Negro, by Elizabeth Lawson 56
Online
  Folder
Black Coal Miners in the United States, by Paul Nyden 57
Online
  Folder
The People Versus Segregated Schools, by Doxey A. Wilkerson, February 1955 58
Online
  Folder
The Jerry Newson Story..., by Buddy Green and Steve Murdock, October 1950 59
Online
  Folder
Behind the Florida Bombings, Who Killed NAACP Leader Harry T. Moore and his wife?, by Joseph North, February 1952 60
Online
  Folder
Behind the Lynching of Emmet Louis Till, by Louis Burnham, December 1955 61
Online
  Folder
The Killing of William Milton, by Art Shields, September 1948 62
Online
  Folder
Lynching and Frame-Up in Tennessee, by Robert Minor, October 1946 63
Online
  Folder
Stop Police Brutality, March 1952 64
Online
  Folder
The Position of Negro Women, by Eugene Gordon and Cyril Briggs, February 1935 65
Online
  Folder
The Communist Part and the Emancipation of the Negro People, by Earl Browder 66
Online
  Folder
"Theoretical Aspects of the Negro Question in the United States" 67
Online
  Folder
"Henry Winston Meets Angela Davis", by Gene Tournour 68
Online
  Folder
The Negro Today, by Herbert Aptheker, 1962 69
Online
  Folder
The Story of Discrimination in Government Pamphlet 70
Online
  Folder
The Shadow of the South is On Our Shops! Pamphlet 71
Online
  Folder
"Who are the Friends of the Negro People?", by C.A. Hathaway 72
Online
  Folder
Official Proceedings of the Second All-Southern Negro Youth Conference, May 1938 73
Online
  Folder
Democracy vs. Force and Violence! 74
Online
  Folder
"Negro Workers! White Workers! Organize and Fight Against Lynching!" Flyer, 1930 75
Online
  Folder
The Communist Position on the Negro Question, February 1947 76
Online
  Folder
World Problems of the Negro People 77
Online
  Folder
Negro Representation- A Step Towards Negro Freedom, by Pettis Perry, March 1952 78
Online
  Folder
The Government Takes a Hand in the Cotton-Patch, by George Anstrom, November 1933 79
Online
  Folder
The Legacy of Slavery and the Roots of Black Nationalism, by Eugene D. Genovese 80
Online
  Folder
On the Struggle for Peace and Freedom, by Benjamin J. Davis, Jr. 81
Online
  Folder
"Call for Truth! To Silence Racist Ravings" 82
Online
  Folder
"Make the March a Million Strong!" 83
Online
  Folder
"Bibliography on the Negro Question", June 1950 84
Online
  Folder
Black Workers in Revolt Pamphlet, by Robert Dudnick 85
Black Workers in Revolt Pamphlet, by Robert Dudnick
  Folder
The General Policy Statement and Labor Program of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers 86
Online
  Folder
Eldon Ave. Revolutionary Union Movement Pamphlets (2) 87
Online
  Folder
El Rum Pamphlets (4) 88
Online
  Folder
Uni Rum Pamphlet 89
Online
  Folder
Me Rum Pamphlet 90
Online
  Folder
Frum Pamphlet 91
Online
  Folder
League of Revolutionary Black Workers on Repression Speech, by Kenneth Cockrel 92
Online
  Folder
To the Point...Of Production, An Interview with John Watson 93
Online
  Folder
"Core Demands to Board of Education", September 3, 1963 94
Online
  Folder
Spear: Who is James Johnson Pamphlet, 1971 95
Online
  Folder
Spear, V.1, N.1, 1969 96
Online
  Folder
Drum: Wildcat Strike, 1968 97
Online
  Folder
Drum: Challenge, 1968 98
Online
  Folder
Drum: Drum's Candidate, 1969 99
Online
  Folder
Drum: Hoover Road, 1969 100
Online
  Folder
Drum: Lily White--Super Right, 1969 101
Online
  Folder
Drum: The Root of Racism, 1969 102
Online
  Folder
Drum: What Has Drum Done?, 1969 103
Online
  Folder
Drum: All Out in the Wash, 1970 104
Online
  Folder
Drum Hail James Johnson, 1970 105
Online
  Folder
Drum: Walter Reuther is Dead and So is the U.A.W. Contract, 1970 106
Online
  Folder
Cooley High Black Student Voice, November 5, 1970 107
Online
  Folder
Black Student Voice: "Black Voice of Revolution", 1969 108
Online
  Folder
"Elect Claude Lightfoot" Flyer, 1932 109
Online
  Folder
The Spirit of George Jackson Pamphlet, September 1972 110
Online
  Folder
Why Negroes Should oppose the War Pamphlet, 1940 111
Online
  Folder
Printed Invitation to 23rd Testimonial Dinner of the Los Angeles Committee for the Defense of the Bill of Rights, 1973 112
Online
  Folder
Invitation to 20th Annual Banquet of the Los Angeles Committee for the Defense of the Bill of Rights, October 20, 1970 113
Online
  Folder
"Save Fletcher Mills" Flyer, June 13, 1952 114
Online
  Folder
Dixie Comes to New York: Story of the Freeport GI Slayings Pamphlet, 1946 115
Online
  Folder
The Monroe Kidnapping Newsletter, November 1961 116
Online
  Folder
Vigilante Terror in Fontana: The Tragic Story of O'Day H. Short and His Family Pamphlet, February 1946 117
Online
  Folder
"From Lynch Threat to Frame-Up" Flyer 118
Online
  Folder
"For Immediate Release" memo, October 15 1970 119
Online
  Folder
Special Report, Lunch- Counter Desegregation in Corpus Christi, Galveston, and San Antonio, Texas, by Kenneth Moreland, May 10, 1960 120
Online
  Folder
Unfinished Revolution, by Tom Kahn, 1960 121
Online
  Folder
From Protest to Politics: The Future of the Civil Rights Movement, by Bayard Rustin, February 1965 122
Online
  BoxFolder
Flyer advertising a demonstration referred to as the "Mass Funeral" 131
Flyer advertising a demonstration referred to as the "Mass Funeral"
  Folder
"Vote Negroes Into Office" Flyer 2
Online
  Folder
"Parade and Demonstrate" Flyer 3
Online
  Folder
History of the American Negro People, 1619-1918, 1941 4
Online
  Folder
"International Black Workers Congress" Draft Proposal 5
Online
  Folder
"Young Negro Workers! Fight Against Bosses Wars!" Flyer for youth rally 6
Online
  Folder
"The Negro People in the United States, Facts for all Americans", 1953 7
Online
  Folder
Inner-City Voice, April 1, 1970 8
  Folder
Inner-City Voice, July 15, 1970 9
  Folder
Inner-City Voice, November-December, 1970 10
  Folder
Inner-City Voice, February, 1971 11
  Folder
Assorted Information Regarding the Various Protests of Black Workers (Detroit Automobile Factory Workers in Particular) 12
  Folder
Assorted Information Regarding Black Revolutionary Activities 13
  Folder
Assorted Information Regarding Black Revolutionary Activities 14
  Folder
Take Howard Out of the National Student Federation 15
Online
  Folder
A Call for a Petition Campaign and Youth March 16
Online
  Folder
"Guilty of Being a Negro" 17
Online
  Folder
Ernestine L. Rose, "Her Address on the Anniversary of West Indian Emancipation", 1949 18
Online
  Folder
Coming! W.E.B. DuBois 19
Online
  Folder
Los Angeles Congress of Racial Equality Active membership Bulletin 20
Online
  Folder
Angela Davis Newsletter 21
Online
  Folder
All Night Vigil, October 24, 1963 22
Online
  Folder
"Free Angela Davis" Flyer ca. 1971 23
Online
  Folder
"Calendar of a Frame-Up" Flyer, 1971 24
Online
  Folder
"People Against Racism" Newsletter, 1968 25
Online
  Folder
"My Friends" Native Son, 1940 26
Online
  Folder
"Serve The People" Black Panther Flyer, 1970 27
Online
  Folder
"Don't Buy At Thriftmart," ca. 1964 28
Online
  BoxFolder
"The Worker's Council", June 1921 2065
(""The Worker's Council"," online pending)
  Folder
Paul Robeson AP Wire Photos (8), 1949-1963 66
("Paul Robeson AP Wire Photos (8)," online pending)
  Folder
"Paul Robeson Soviet-American Friendship Rally" 1 photo, 1956 67
(""Paul Robeson Soviet-American Friendship Rally" 1 photo," online pending)
  Folder
"Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen" Brochure, September 1999 68
  Folder
"Scottsboro Boys Press Photos" (2), July 1937 69
(""Scottsboro Boys Press Photos" (2)," online pending)
  Folder
"Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys" Photos (3), 1976 70
  Folder
"The Committee of 100": 4 letters, 3 pamphlets, 1946-1948 71
(""The Committee of 100": 4 letters, 3 pamphlets," online pending)
  Folder
US ex rel. Winnifred Lynn v. Downer" Petition to Supreme Court, 1943 72
("US ex rel. Winnifred Lynn v. Downer" Petition to Supreme Court," online pending)
  Folder
"United Front for Panther Defense" Flyer, 1970 73
(""United Front for Panther Defense" Flyer," online pending)
  Folder
William Kunster Speaking for the San Quentin Six- Poster with Photo, 1971 74
("William Kunster Speaking for the San Quentin Six- Poster with Photo," online pending)
  Folder
"Denmark Vesey: A Modern Dramatic Oratorio" Program, February 1961 75
(""Denmark Vesey: A Modern Dramatic Oratorio" Program," online pending)
  Folder
NY Peace and Freedom Party Card 76
("NY Peace and Freedom Party Card" online pending)
  Folder
"Black Caucus Report: 'Treatment of Prisoners at California Training Facility at Soledad Central"- Mimeography, July 1970 77
(""Black Caucus Report: 'Treatment of Prisoners at California Training Facility at Soledad Central"- Mimeography," online pending)
  Folder
"A Monthly Summary of Events and Trends in Race Relations", November 1944 78
(""A Monthly Summary of Events and Trends in Race Relations"," online pending)
  Folder
"The Ingrams Shall Not Die!" Pamphlet, Harry Redmond, March 1948 79
(""The Ingrams Shall Not Die!" Pamphlet, Harry Redmond," online pending)
  Folder
"From Protest to Politics: The Future of the Civil Rights Movement" Pamphlet, Bayard Rustin, February 1965 80
(""From Protest to Politics: The Future of the Civil Rights Movement" Pamphlet, Bayard Rustin," online pending)
  Folder
"This is My Husband: Fighter for His People Political Refugee" Esther Cooper Jackson, 1953 81
(""This is My Husband: Fighter for His People Political Refugee" Esther Cooper Jackson," online pending)
  BoxFolder
Detroit: Birth of a Nation" Grace and James Boggs, National Guardian, October 1967 294
  Folder
"Stop the Railroad of Injustice" Black Panther Poster. 5
(""Stop the Railroad of Injustice" Black Panther Poster." online pending)
  BoxFolder
Angela Davis Poster, 1971 351
("Angela Davis Poster," online pending)
  Folder
"Dare to Struggle. Dare to Win. RAP" Poster, ca. 1970 2
(""Dare to Struggle. Dare to Win. RAP" Poster," online pending)
  BoxFolder
"Would You Smile?", ca. 1950 371
(""Would You Smile?"," online pending)

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Series  II. Anarchists 

Scope and Content Notes

Several waves of anarchists participated in left-wing movements in the U.S., sometimes in tension with the Marxists who led the SPUSA, the CPUSA, and other left-wing organizations. From the late 1800s through the 1930s anarcho-communists predominated in anarchist circles. Like Marxists they considered private capital ownership inherently exploitative, but since they considered all authority illegitimate they criticized Marxists’ commitment to state ownership of the means of production. Other tendencies including syndicalism, communitarianism, and individualist libertarianism also influenced anarchist thought and practice.

Anarchist influence declined after the 1920s but small circles persisted not only preserving the anarchist tradition, but also developing new ideas that would become influential with the rebirth of anarchism in the 1960s. More recently many young anarchists seeking intellectual inspiration have gravitated toward anarchism in part because of the perceived intellectual and moral exhaustion of the Marxist tradition.

Although the collection includes examples from all of these waves of anarchism, anarchist materials are under-represented in the American Left Ephemera Collection because they could not match the resources of organizations like the SPUSA or CPUSA or even the Trotskyist parties so nearly all the material they produced appeared in very small numbers and has not been widely preserved.

  BoxFolder
Alternative, V1, N3, June 1948 1123
Online
  Folder
Alternative, V1, N6, November 1948 124
Online
  Folder
Alternative, V1, N9, February 1949 125
Online
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Alternative, V2, N1, May-June 1949 126
Online
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Alternative, V2. N2, October 1949 127
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Alternative, V2. N3, November 1949 128
Online
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Alternative, V2. N6, February 1950 129
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Alternative, V2. N7, March 1950 130
Alternative, V2. N7
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Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, 2007 131
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IMPACT, The Religious Right: Corrupting the Cross and the Constitution, 2006 132
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IMPACT, 2006 133
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Sling Shot, 2008 134
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Profane Existence - Issue #6, October-November 1990 135
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Workers Democracy - Vol. 2 No. 3, September 2001 136
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Soapbox - Vol. 7 Issue 3, June 2007 137
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Slug + Lettuce - Issue #88, Summer 2006 138
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Radical Def - Issue #6, Summer 2001 139
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Fifth Estate - Vol. 39 No. 1, Spring 2004 140
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The Insurgent - Vol. 18 No. 2, January 2007 141
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Econews - Vol. 37 No. 7, August 2007 142
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Libertat, Butletti interior d'informancio de la Associacio Catalana d'ex-presos politics, May-June, 1978 1329
Online
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Mother Earth, Vol. XI No. 3, June 1916 30
Online
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Mother Earth, Vol. XI No. 4, July 1916 31
Online
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Black Star, Vol. 1 No. 1, ca. 1975 32
Online
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The Road to Freedom Newspaper, March, 1928 33
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"Socialism!" Pamphlet, A.J. Starkweather and S. Robert Wilson, 1883 2082
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"Retort" Vol. 3 No. 4, Spring 1947 83
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"Slingshot" Issues 104.1 and 115, 2010-2014 84
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"Anarchy and Is it All a Dream?" Pamphlet, Enrico Malatesta and James F. Morton, June 1900 85
(""Anarchy and Is it All a Dream?" Pamphlet, Enrico Malatesta and James F. Morton," online pending)
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"Decentralization and Liberation in the Workplace" Greg Guma, 1976 86
(""Decentralization and Liberation in the Workplace" Greg Guma," online pending)
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"Emancipation" Vol. 6 Issue 2 No. 44, February 1983 87
(""Emancipation" Vol. 6 Issue 2 No. 44," online pending)
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"The Roman Catholic Church and the Modern Age", Reprint. F.A. Ridley, 1958 88
(""The Roman Catholic Church and the Modern Age", Reprint. F.A. Ridley," online pending)
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"Does God Exist?: 12 Proofs on the Inexistence of God" Sebastien Faure 89
(""Does God Exist?: 12 Proofs on the Inexistence of God" Sebastien Faure" online pending)
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"The Bolsheviks and Workers Control"- Maurice Brinton, 1970 90
(""The Bolsheviks and Workers Control"- Maurice Brinton," online pending)
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"Moribund Society and Anarchy"- Jean Grave and Voltarine de Cleyre, September 1899 91

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Series  III. Anti-War Propaganda 

Scope and Content Notes

Four waves of peace and antiwar activity played major roles within the twentieth century American Left. First Socialists before and during WW1 opposed military preparation and American participation in the war after 1917. In the 1930s revulsion against the memory of WW1 and fear that the world was drifting towards an even more devastating world war fueled large scale antiwar and peace agitation. Antiwar activity overlapped with antifascism (as in the title of one of the largest organizations—The League Against War and Fascism) because activists perceived the militarized fascist right as the primary source of war threats. College students played a key role in the movement circulating mass petitions urging draft refusal and staging several one day national strikes for peace. In the late 1950s and early 1960s the biggest focus of peace agitation was nuclear disarmament, but by the late 1960s opposition to the War in Vietnam predominated. Peace and antiwar agitation continued through subsequent decades but never reached the levels of mass support of these earlier waves. Communists also campaigned actively for peace in the late 1940s and 1950s and opposed US participation in the Korean War, but they did not generate mass support because most Americans, including those who also opposed the Korean War, believed that Communist antiwar efforts were motivated by support for Soviet national interests rather than a more general commitment to peace.

The American Left Ephemera collection includes items from of all of these eras. Communist material from the Cold War and Korean War are overrepresented, compared to the support they actually commanded, because even as the Party declined, it still had sufficient resources to support substantial publication of its materials.

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"Address of Dr. Harry F. Ward American Congress for Peace and Democracy", January 7, 1939 1143
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"Summary of Proceedings of American Congress for Peace and Democracy", January 13, 1939 144
Online
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"Proposed Draft of Revised Constitution of the American League for Peace and Democracy for Discussion at the Congress" 145
Online
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The World Congress Against War, August 27-29, 1932 146
Online
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The American Struggle for Peace, 1952 147
Online
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A Key to Survival, by Margret Hofmann, 1962 148
Online
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The Dean of Canterbury To the People of America, "We Can Keep Peace" 149
Online
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"Sure, War is Hell! But What Can You Do About It?, The Reverse Side of This Leaflet Tells What You Can Do About It...", March 13, 1953 150
Online
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Southern California Peace Crusade, "Peace with Jobs!", 1953 151
Online
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"Memo from a Veteran Who's Still Fighting" 152
Online
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National Defense, by John Franklin, April 1936 153
Online
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Which Way for Young Americans?, by Gus Hall, October 1950 154
Online
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"Meet Your Local Merchant of Death", compiled By Narmic, June 1977 155
Online
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"Stop Iran Iraq War, Iran-Iraq Peace Movement..." Sticker 156
Online
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"The Cruise Missile", by Dan Smith, 1977 158
Online
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"Damage Report, How Reagan Administration has hurt workers, the needy, the elderly...enriched the rich, Big Oil, the corporations, AFL-CIO Solidarity Party", September 19, 1981 157
Online
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$222 Billion Dollars 159
Online
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Assorted Holiday Cards for Peace 160
Online
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"American League for Peace and Democracy Report" by Russell Thayer, Acting Executive Secretary, 1938 161
Online
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Assorted Flyers Petitioning Against the Fleet of 244 B-1 Bombers 162
Online
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Antiwar Speak out Flyer 163
Online
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From Korean Truce to World Peace, by Robert Mann 164
Online
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The American People Want Peace, A Survey of Public Opinion, by Jessica Smith, 1955 165
Online
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The Atomic Arming of the West German Federal Republic- An Imminent Danger To Peace, 1964 166
Online
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Guns are Ready, by Seymour Waldman, January 1935 167
Online
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How to Keep America Out of War, by Kirby Page, 1939 168
Online
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The Price of Peace, by E. Guy Talbott, 1935 169
Online
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"Peace- The Present Imperative" 170
Online
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"Black Shirt Black Skin", by Boake Carter 171
Online
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Military "Glory" in the Colleges, by Paul Blanshard, February 18, 1925 172
Online
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The Menace of a New World War, January, 1936 173
Online
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"Hell in the Heavens", June 1931 174
Online
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Selections from War Without Violence, By Krishnalal Shridharani, 1939 175
Online
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"Program for Governmental Action To Keep The United States Out of War and War Out of the World", Mid 1930's 176
Online
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A Call To Peace Now, A Message to the Society of Friends, by Dorothy Hutchinson 177
Online
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Keep America Out of War 178
Online
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Report to FDR, Documentary Evidence on the Origins of the Cold War, 1955 179
Online
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Is Disarmament Possible? 180
Online
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"The United States and Disarmament", 1931 181
Online
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Drive the Snakes Out of El Salvador; St. Patrick's Day Benefit Flyer, 1981 1334
Online
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Peace Pipe, 1962 35
Online
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"Peace Walk to the World's Fair", May 5, 1962 36
Online
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"Friends! We Need Your Help!" 37
Online
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Stop The U.S. War in El Salvador, March 27, 1982 38
Online
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"Protest Protest Protest Kirkpatrick Visit" Flyer, April 26, 1981 39
Online
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This Administration Has Declared War On Americans, 1981 40
Online
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An Evening of Solidarity With The People of El Salvador, March 23 1982 41
Online
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"No More Three Mile Islands U.S. Out of El Salvador" Flyer, 1981 42
Online
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War Resister's League Peace Calendar, 1955 2092
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War Resister's League Peace Calendar, 1956 93
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War Resister's League Peace Calendar, 1958 94
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War Resister's League Peace Calendar, 1959 95
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War Resister's League Peace Calendar, 1960 96
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War Resister's League Peace Calendar, 1961 97
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War Resister's League Peace Calendar, 1962 98
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War Resister's League Peace Calendar, 1963 99
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War Resister's League Peace Calendar, 1964 100
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War Resister's League Peace Calendar, 1965 101
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"Desert and Hope" Songbook, 1981 102
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"Peace Action of the National Council for Prevention of War", September 1945 103
(""Peace Action of the National Council for Prevention of War"," online pending)
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"I'm an Ill Adjusted Veteran" Pamphlet, Edgar L. Jones, 1945 104
(""I'm an Ill Adjusted Veteran" Pamphlet, Edgar L. Jones," online pending)
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"Capitol and Labor" Rev. W.S. Harris, 1907 105
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"Words of Conscience: Religious Statements on Conscientious Objections", 1980 106
(""Words of Conscience: Religious Statements on Conscientious Objections"," online pending)
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Delegates National Assembly for Peace, 1952 372
("Delegates National Assembly for Peace," online pending)
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Stop U.S. Wars, ca. 2003 3526

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Series  IV. Christian Socialism 

Scope and Content Notes

Both the Marxist and anarchist traditions usually opposed religion because they conceived of rationalism as the only path to human liberation. Religion, they argued, befuddled the masses in two ways. First, by basing itself on the supernatural, religion encouraged irrational thinking and discouraged the masses from developing rational capacities. Second, by promising rewards in a future life for dutiful behavior in this life, religion encouraged passivity and discouraged protest. However, these arguments ignored how radical social movements had been inspired by egalitarian elements in Judeo-Christian theology from the peasant wars of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance mobilized by dissenting Protestants and heretical Catholics to the radical wing of the English civil war inspired by radical Christian sects to the abolitionist movement in which evangelical Christians had played an overwhelming role.

Two significant cohorts of Christian Socialists operated within the orbit of the major left-wing movements from the 1890s through the 1960s: Protestants influenced by Social Gospel Protestantism and Catholics influenced by liberation theology. Both argued that the moral visions of socialism and Christianity overlapped and that you could not be a true Christian in the modern world unless you committed yourself to social and economic justice. The first group formed a Christian Socialist Fellowship affiliated with the Socialist Party that published The Christian Socialist and encouraged ministers to seek Socialist Party nominations for public office. Some of the most prominent Socialist politicians were ministers and members of the Christian Socialist Fellowship including George R. Lunn, mayor of Schenectady, N.Y. and J. Stitt Wilson, mayor of Berkeley, Ca.

While several individual Catholic priests also supported the Socialist Party and the IWW, they faced concerted opposition from an overwhelmingly anti-socialist church hierarchy. Catholic support for the left expanded in the 1930s when Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker movement garnered support not only among lay Catholics but also among some members of the Church hierarchy. Both the rise of the CIO and the emergence of the Popular Front in the late 1930s offered more political space for radical Catholics. The former involved massive strikes and protests by industrial workers who were disproportionately Catholic and expected Church validation for their actions. The Popular Front made collaboration between religious and non-religious agitators less problematic because the Communists toned down their inflammatory rhetoric and actively sought alliance with anyone who would work with them.

By the 1960s liberation theology had become a mass movement in Latin America and radical Catholics could take prominent roles in both the Civil Rights movement and the antiwar movement without fearing retaliation from the Church. Religion also, perhaps, fit in with 1960s protest because of protestors’ widespread interest in mysticism and spirituality.

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The Christian Socialist Newspaper 1182
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The Kingdom of God and Socialism, by Rev. Robert M. Webster, June 1903 183
Online
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A Christian View of Socialism, by G.H. Strobell 184
Online
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The Melish Case, Challenge to the Church, 1949 185
Online
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The Profits of Religion 186
Online
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"Peace on Earth...", by Rev. Clarence E. Duffy, Priest of the Catholic Church, 1952 187
Online
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I Saw the Morning Break, The Church of the People 188
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A Worker Looks at Jesus, by David Grant 189
Online
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"Christian Pacifist Faith"- An Affirmation 190
Online
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A Christian Approach to Nuclear War 191
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The Relation of Religion to Social Ethics, 1901 192
Online
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Constitution of the United People's Church 193
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United People's Church of Pittsburgh 194
Online
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Pamphlets by Rev. Thomas McGrady (4), 1900-1901 211
("Pamphlets by Rev. Thomas McGrady (4)," online pending)
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"The Industrial Evolution" Rev. Charles H. Vail, May 1899 2
(""The Industrial Evolution" Rev. Charles H. Vail," online pending)
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"The Creed of Constantine, OR the World Needs a New Religion" Henry M. Tichenor, 1916 3
(""The Creed of Constantine, OR the World Needs a New Religion" Henry M. Tichenor," online pending)
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The Christian Socialist, vol. 5 no. 5, March 1908 296a
("The Christian Socialist, vol. 5 no. 5," online pending)
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The Christian Socialist, vol. 9 no. 36, September 1912 6b
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Revolutionary Essays by Peter E. Burrowes, 1903 373

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Series  V. Citizens Party 

Scope and Content Notes

Dissatisfaction with the Carter administration led a diverse array of activists to form the Citizen’s Party in 1980 around a program combining environmentalism with calls for “economic democracy.” The party nominated environmentalist Barry Commoner for president. Commoner’s candidacy initially attracted both press coverage and endorsements by several prominent labor leaders and liberal Democratic elected officials, but the campaign was not well-organized and many initial supporters ending up voting for Carter out of fear of a Reagan victory. Commoner received only 221,000 votes. A handful of party candidates won local offices in 1980 and after, but the 1984 Citizen’s Party presidential candidate, Sonia Johnson, received less than a third of Commoner’s total (72,000) and the party disbanded. In Pennsylvania the Citizen’s Party achieved ballot status in the Consumer Party’s (a previously existing Philadelphia based) third party line.

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Platform of the Citizens/Consumer Party as adopted at Party Convention April 1980 1195
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Vote Consumer for a Change, 1980 196
Online
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"Vote for a Real Alternative in 1980!" Flyer, 1980 197
Online
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"John Zingaro ...a Consumer voice on City Council" Flyer, 1980 198
Online
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The Citizens Party News Bulletin, June 17, 1981 199
Online
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Flyer for the Consumer-Citizens Party Presidential Candidate Barry Commoner 200
Online
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Flyer for a Free Concert in Support of John Zingaro, the Consumer Party Candidate for Pittsburgh City Council 201
Online
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Flyer for Pittsburgh Consumer Party's Bastille Day Celebration 202
Online
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Flyer for Consumer/Citizens Party, 1978 203
Online
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Consumer Party 1980 Campaign Flyer 204
Online
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Pittsburgh Consumer Party Candidate Pamphlet and Membership Application, 1980 214
("Pittsburgh Consumer Party Candidate Pamphlet and Membership Application," online pending)

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Series  VI. Communists and Civil Liberties 

Scope and Content Notes

Communists and their supporters issued most of the items in this section during the period following World War II when the Federal Government, several state governments, and numerous private organizations began systematic surveillance, prosecution, and harassment of Communist Party members, close fellow travelers, and former Communists suspected of still harboring sympathy for communism. While many observers call this the McCarthy Era, after Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy who garnered substantial publicity for his speeches asserting the threat of a Communist conspiracy within the Federal government, the repression began well before McCarthy’s first major speech on the question in 1950 and continued well after his censure for procedural excesses in 1954.

Federal prosecutors used three legal strategies to pursue Communists: indictment under the 1941 Smith Act (which made it a crime to conspire to advocate overthrow of the government—a legal subterfuge designed to find a way around Bill of Rights protections for speech and association); actions to revoke citizenship and deport foreign born Communists (under clauses of the immigration laws that made advocacy of violent overthrow of the government grounds for denying or revoking citizenship), and prosecution for failing to fulfill the demands of several Federal laws that required Communists and Communist front groups to register as agents of a foreign power (which, if carried out, opened those who did so to other prosecutions). In addition widespread hearings on Un-Americanism threatened those called to testify with a legal double threat. Much of the public viewed pleading the Fifth Amendment equivalent to a guilty plea, and employers frequently fired individuals who did so. But individuals who answered any question forfeited rights to refuse to answer any subsequent question and faced indictment and imprisonment for contempt of Congress if they did so. Both state and Federal governments also instituted loyalty oaths as conditions of public employment. Employees who refused to sign would be dismissed. Those who did so but were subsequently revealed to be Communists could be indicted for perjury. Private employers supplemented prosecution by denying employment to individuals known or suspected of Communist membership or sympathy. While the blacklist in the entertainment industry has been the most closely studied part of this phenomenon, the FBI routinely informed all major employers of suspected individuals employed by their firms and most employers fired such people. The FBI also released the names and addresses of suspected Communists to daily newspapers that subsequently published the lists. Individuals whose names appeared faced not only loss of employment, but also social ostracism, physical attack, and vandalism to their homes and automobiles.

Communists used three primary rhetorical approaches to seek public support in their battles against prosecution and harassment. First, they argued that their espousal of revolution was open and public, not conspiratorial, and purely rhetorical. Indeed, they vigorously opposed individual acts of violence, such as the bombings as “propaganda of the deed” advocated by some anarchists. None of the indictments against them, they pointed out, cited any specific violent acts. Second, they argued that they were a legitimate political party, functionally equivalent to the Democratic and Republican Parties. Finally they argued that harassment of Communists for their controversial views threatened the civil liberties of all Americans and stifled public discussion and thought. The first two defenses were probably valid descriptions of the frame of mind and intentions of the bulk of rank and file Communists, but prosecutors had no trouble demonstrating that Communist propaganda had frequently advocated violent revolution in the past and the necessity of revolutionary violence was a central contention of core Marxist-Leninist texts. Moreover, prosecutors had evidence (though they sometimes hesitated to present it in open court for fear of revealing details of the intelligence apparatus) that Party leaders and dozens of Party members had participated in Soviet espionage. The Communists’ third argument—that anticommunist repression stifled civil liberties and public discourse for non-Communists was true—but Communists found that liberals who they expected to support their defense on such grounds frequently refused to do so not only because of fear that they too would thereby invite harassment on themselves, but also because the Communists’ long history of sudden shifts in their public positions and vitriolic sectarian denunciations of political competitors had fundamentally undermined Communists’ credibility.

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Treason in Congress, The Record of the Un-American Activities Committee, by Albert E. Kahn 1205
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The Schneiderman Case, United States Supreme Court Opinion with an Introduction by Carol King, August 1943 206
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Documents Regarding Harry F. Ward from the Committee to Investigate Un-American Activities 21
Documents Regarding Harry F. Ward from the Committee to Investigate Un-American Activities
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Hearings Before the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, Eighty-Fifth Congress, First Session, 1957 2
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Democracy, Civil Rights and Liberty in Connecticut, by Daniel Howard, 1958 3
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The Mine Mill Conspiracy Case, by Sidney Lens 4
Online
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"Democracy Should Begin At Home" 5
Online
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America's Thought Police, October 1947 6
Online
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"Happy Birthday" Postcard Issued by the National Conference to Win Amnesty for Smith Act Victims 7
Online
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Freedoms and Foreign Policy, by Owen Lattimore 8
Online
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Amnesty!, by Marion Bachrach, December 1952 9
Online
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What Everyone Should Know About the "Bill of Rights" and other Constitutional Guarantees of Individual Freedom, A Scriptographic Study Unit, 1969 10
Online
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Censored News Of Your America, Will America Become a Land of Whispers?, September 1950 11
Online
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Citizens Without Rights 12
Online
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What Kind of Teachers for your Child, The Facts Behind the Suspension of 8 Excellent Teachers, May 1950 13
Online
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The Right to Travel, by Corliss Lamont, 1957 14
Online
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The Case of the Stubborn Editor 15
Online
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Note of Resignation to the Belamy Club from Edith Rickard 16
Online
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"A Dangerous Woman", Stella Petrosky Held for Deportation, by Sprad, June 1936 17
Online
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What Political Prisoners Do We Defend? Pamphlet 18
Online
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The Bill of Rights in Danger!, by Robert W. Dunn, January 1940 19
Online
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Civil Liberties in the U.S.A., A Short History of the Origin and Defense of the Bill of Rights, by S. Small 20
Online
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The Big Plot, Proof of the Justice Department's Plan to Jail 21, 105 Americans 21
Online
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Fellow Citizens: Our husbands are in prison!... 22
Online
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Digest of Amicus Curiae Brief to the United Supreme Court on the Constitutionality of the Internal Security Act of 1950 in the case of Communist Party of the U.S.A. v. Subversive Activities Control Board 23
Online
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The Twelve and You, What Happens to Democracy is your business, too!, by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn 24
Online
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"Is This What Truman Means By Civil Rights!" 25
Online
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Due Process in a Political Trial, The Record vs. The Press 26
Online
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The Reign of Witches, The Struggle Against the Alien and Sedition Laws, by Elizabeth Lawson, 1952 27
Online
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Red Tape and Barbed Wire, by Sender Garlin, 1952 28
Online
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In Danger, The Right to Speak for Peace, by Harold Spencer 29
Online
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"The Persecution of Oleta O'Connor Yates" 30
Online
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Patriotism against McCarthyism 31
Online
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"Turn Informer or Go to Jail! Which Choice Would You Make?, Oleata O'Connor Yates Made Hers!" 32
Online
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Books on Trial, The Case of Alexander Trachtenberg, 1952 33
Online
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Greet the New Year with the L.A. Committee for Protection of Foreign Born 34
Online
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"Summary and Analysis of Important Features of the Alien Registration Act of 1940, Smith Act", November 3, 1951 35
Online
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"Supreme Court of the United States" Pamphlet 36
Online
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The Case of Carl Marzani 37
Online
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"It Can Happen to You" Flyer 38
Online
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"Jailed for Fighting Franco, Free Them!" 39
Online
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"In the Supreme Court of the United States, October Term, 1948, No. ........" 40
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"The 13th Juror, The Inside Story of My Trial, A Dramatic Revelation", by Steve Nelson 41
Online
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"S.F. No. 16,935 In the Supreme Court of the State of California" 42
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600 Prominent Americans Ask President to Rescind Biddle Decision, 1942 43
Online
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The Walter- McCarran Law, Extracts From Testimony Before President's Commission on Immigration & Naturalization 44
Online
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Man Bites Dog, Report of an Unusual Hearing before the McCarran Committee 45
Online
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The People Vs. McCarthyism, The Case Against the McCarran Act, by John Abt 46
Online
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Mandel Vs. McCarthyism47
Mandel Vs. McCarthyism,
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Only the People Can Decide 48
Online
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Rights, Un-American Activities Committee Acts Unconstitutionally, October 1959 49
Online
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Report of the Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights of the Committee on Judiciary Pertaining to Loyalty Oaths, March 1959 50
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Hate Groups and the Un-American Activities Committee, by David Wesley, 1962 51
Online
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For Abolition of the Inquisitorial Committees of Congress 52
Online
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"When Conscience Speaks" 53
Online
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"The Bill of Rights and The Mundt-Ferguson Bills", An Analysis of the Provisions and Opinion on their Constitutionality 54
Online
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Vengeance of the Young, The Story of the Smith Act Children, by Albert E. Kahn, June 1952 55
Online
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The People's Case, The Story of the IWO, by Albert E. Kahn, 1951 56
Online
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Creeping McCarthyism: Its Threat to Church, School and Press, 1953 57
Online
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The Crime Against Jean Field, by Albert E. Kahn, February, 1952 58
Online
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Is a Fair Trial Possible at the Hands of Federal Juries 59
Online
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Scholar and School- New Targets for Bigotry 60
Online
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Shall Freedom of Speech Apply to all Americans? 61
Online
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Not Guilty!, The Case of Claude Lightfoot, June 1955 62
Online
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The Strange Trial of Stanley Nowak, by Conrad Komorowski, December 1954 63
Online
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McCarthy on Trial, 1954 64
Online
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"Remove the Dagger! From the Heart of the Bill of Rights" 65
Online
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Elizabeth Bentley and Her Role in the Attack on the New Deal 66
Online
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"Defend the Bill of Rights Rally" Flyer 67
Online
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An Open Letter to the American People 68
Online
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Morton Sorbell, Prisoner on Our Conscience, A Newspaper to Secure Justice in the Case of Morton Sorbell, November 1956 69
Online
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Supreme Court of the United States, October Term, 1952, No. 687, Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Rosenberg vs. United States of America 70
Online
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Flyer Instructing Communists to Take Action Against Los Angeles City Councilman Davenport 71
Online
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Exile, The Story of David Hyun 72
Online
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Scholar and School- New Targets for Bigotry 73
Online
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Why Did They Fire My Teacher? 74
Online
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In the Shadow of Liberty, The Inhumanity of the Walter- McCarran Law, by Abner Green, September 1954 75
Online
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Can Americans Tolerate Prison for Ideas? Pamphlet with Accompanying Letter, April 1954 76
Online
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"Journal for 1956, Published for the 6th Annual Conference to Repeal the Walter-McCarran Law and Defend its Victims", April 7, 1956 77
Online
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End Exile 78
Online
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"An Open Letter to the American People" 79
Online
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The Rape of the First Amendment, by Alexander L. Crosby 80
Online
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Free American's from the McCarran Act Danger!, by Gus Hall 81
Free American's from the McCarran Act Danger!, by Gus Hall
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End McCarrasnism on this we Stand Together 82
Online
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The McCarran Act, Fact and Fancy, by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn 83
Online
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"...And What Can We Say to Gus Polites?, We Need a Statute of Limitation!" 84
Online
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"Facts and Opinions McCarran Internal Security Act" Pamphlet 85
Online
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"Rules and Procedures for the Walk for the Bill of Rights" Flyer 86
Online
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"Defend Academic Freedom: Stop McCarthyism Now!", A Statement on Academic Freedom Week by the Labor Youth League 87
Online
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Burlington Dynamite Plot, by Walt Pickard 88
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Letters from the Tombs, by Morris U. Schappes, 1941 89
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The Case of Claude Lightfoot 90
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We Accuse McCarthyism, February 1954 91
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The Heat is On! 92
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Loyalty Oath, If We Remain Silent... 93
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Smear and Run...An Un-American Activity 94
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Who's Unamerican!, July 1947 95
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"CRC Monthly News Letter Exclusively for CRC Member", November 1950 96
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"Let Freedom Ring for Earl Browder", by Carl Ross, February 1942 97
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"Earl Browder Takes His Case to the People", January 1940 98
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"An Open Letter to J. Howard McGrath", Attorney General of the United States, 1951 99
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Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Speaks to the Court, Opening Statement to the Court and Jury in the Case of the Sixteenth Smith Act Victims in the Trial at Foley Square, New York, July 1952 100
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Report on the Denial of Labor and Civil Rights in Hudson County, New Jersey, February 1937 102
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A Letter to Congress: Defeat the Anti-Labor Smith Bill!, by William Z. Foster, June 1952 103
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The Smith ...McCarran...Taft-Hartley Conspiracy to Strangle Labor, by George Morris, October 1951 104
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The Smith Act- A Threat to Labor 105
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"It is Later Than You Think..." A Solemn Warning and Appeal to the People of Los Angeles County! 106
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13 Communists Speak to the Court, March 1953 107
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McCarthyism and the Big Lie, by Milton Howard, November 1953 108
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Courage is Contagious, The Bill of Rights versus The Un-American Activities Committee, 1953 109
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Either the Constitution or the Mundt Bill, America Can't Have Both!, by Simon W. Gerson, June 1950 110
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In Defense of the Communist Party and the Indicted Leaders, by William Z. Foster, July 1949 111
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"Don't Let it Happen Here", A Call to the American People 112
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"Communists Trial Defendants Join Picket Line" Photograph, June 7 1949 113
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The Twelve and You, What Happens to Democracy is Your Business, too!, by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, September 1948 114
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"To Secure Justice in the Rosenberg Case" Pamphlet, 1951 115
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"An Appeal for Clemency" Pamphlet, 1952 116
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Mercy for the Rosenbergs Flyer, 1952 117
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"Fact Sheet in the Rosenberg Case" Pamphlet, 1953 118
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"The Nelson Case: State Sedition Laws are Weapons of Anti-Labor, Anti-Negro, Anti-Semitic Repression" Leaflet, May 1955 119
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"Defend Academic Freedom! A Statement on Academic Freedom Week by the Labor Youth League" Pamphlet, 1955 120
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Rights, V.1 N.10, June 1954 121
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McCarthyism in the Courts: the story of the Steve Nelson Frame-up Pamphlet, 1951 122
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"Constitution of the International Labor Defense" 123
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Ten Years of Labor Defense, by Sasha Small, 1953 124
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Labor Research Association's Monthly Labor Notes, August 1938 125
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Night Riders in Gallup, by Louis Colman, May 1935 126
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Friedel Rosenthal, U.S. Hostage in Germany, by James C. Bilotta with Accompanying Letter from the Author 127
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We Want Drastic Revision or Outright Repeal of the Racist & Discriminatory Walter-McCarran Law By the 85th Congress!, April 6, 1957 128
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"Fight the Blacklist!" Flyer 129
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"An Open Letter To and About Alger Hiss", 1966 6
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"Special International Tribunal on the Violation of Human Rights of Political Prisoners of War in United States Prison and Jails", 1990 7
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"On Dec. 26, 1948 Carl Winter Spoke and Jimmy Zarichny Listened" 8
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"They Gave Their Freedom!" Rose Baron, 1935 9
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"The Individual and the State: The Problem as Presented by the Sentencing of Roger N. Baldwin", November 1918 10
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"American Deportation and Exclusion Laws" Report, January 1919 11
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"The Frightened Giant" Cedric Belfrage, 1957 12
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"The Right of Asylum" Charles Recht, 1935 13
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"The Communist Trial: An American Crossroads" George Marion, 1949 14
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"Smith Act Trial Reports" 26 Issues, April 1952- January 1953 15
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"Letters From Prison" Eugene Dennis, 1956 16
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"If You Have Nothing to Hide..." Kentuckians Against KUAC, 1968 374
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Important Actions of UE's 13th International Convention, 1948 5
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"Their Offense: Fighting For The People!" Flyer, 1951 7
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"One Step Leads to Another..." Booklet 8
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"What's a Mugwump?" Flyer 9
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"A Law to Gag and Control the American People" Pamphlet 10
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"Here's How it Works - From Official United States Government Documents" Booklet 12
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"Why Politicians Red-Bait" Booklet 13
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Series  VII. Communist Party USA (CPUSA) 

Scope and Content Notes

The Communist Party U.S.A., successor to the multiple left-wing factions that split off from the Socialist Party U.S.A. at its 1919 convention, did not develop significant influence until the mid-1930s. While they initially commanded at least nominal support of perhaps 70,000 of the SPUSA’s 110,000 members, that support drifted away as the rival Communist factions operated as secret undergrounds and refused to cooperate. The Comintern pressured them to combine into as an open political party, the Workers Party of America, in 1922, but they maintained a dual underground structure for several years thereafter, and continued factional squabbles. Ultimately the Party only achieved working unity between 1927 and 1929 by expelling the significant portions of the leadership who identified with Stalin’s factional rivals in the Soviet Party. The Party, thus, entered the Depression unified but isolated with a membership not much bigger than 10% of the combined membership of the 1919 Communist factions. Their dependence on Soviet intervention to settle disputes shaped the Party’s subsequent political culture. While all Communist Parties had to adhere to Comintern policy as a condition of membership, the CPUSA usually maintained less independence from Soviet direction than many other Communist parties.

American Communists expanded their influence in the 1930s by energetic agitation for the unemployed, industrial unions, civil rights, and antifascism, especially after the shift in Comintern policy from the highly sectarian ultra-revolutionary Third Period (1927-1935) to the antifascist alliance of the Popular Front (1935-39). By 1939 they had about 75,000 members and several hundred thousand fellow travelers. The Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1939 undermined their political credibility, especially among their not insubstantial base among intellectuals and cultural producers. During the wartime alliance with the Soviet Union they regained lost membership but not the level of moral authority they had enjoyed in some circles during the Popular Front. Perhaps that is why they were so quickly politically isolated at the beginning of the Cold War. However, despite the travails of McCarthyism, the Party maintained at least a third of it peak membership until the Khrushchev speech on ”the crimes of the Stalin era” at the 1956 20th Soviet Party Congress. After a brief unsuccessful attempt to reinvent the Party around democratic socialism, veteran members fled leaving an aging vestige of probably less than 5,000 active members (although they claimed more) by the late 1950s.

Throughout the Party’s history, the CPUSA sought to expand its influence by organizing and participating in a broad array of single issue organizations. Some were genuine mass movements with handfuls of Communists amidst tens or even hundreds of thousand of members. Others were Potemkin villages with little more than an office and impressive looking letterhead. Typically Party members filled important leadership slots in such organizations and Party members exercised influence beyond their numbers because of their energy and their policy of acting as a disciplined voting bloc. Both Communists and their critics referred to such organizations as front organizations, although for Communists the usage reflected their notions of “united front’ while for critics the word evoked “false front’ as in a Hollywood movie set. For simplicity, I decided to group many publications by such front organizations in the same section with publications and other ephemera produced by the Party itself. This is not intended as an editorial position on the nature of such front organizations.

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What is the New Deal?, by Earl Browder 131
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Dimensions Volume 1 Number 1, Discussion Journal of the W.E.B. Dubois Clubs 132
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United We Stand for Peace and Socialism, by Gil Green, 1935 133
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Puerto Rico- 'Island Paradise' of U.S. Imperialism, by Patricia Bell, February 1967 134
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The Crime of El Fanguito An Open Letter to President Truman on Puerto Rico, by William Z. Foster, April 1948 135
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Report of the Fifth National Convention of the Young Communist League of U.S.A. 136
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No Jobs Today, A Story of a Young Worker in Pictures, by Phil Bard 137
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Peace or War, The People against the Warmakers!, by Eugene Dennis, May 1946 138
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New Program of the CPUSA, 1966 139
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Reconversion, by George Morris September 1945 140
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The Menace of American Imperialism, by William Z. Foster October 1945 141
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The Crisis of U.S. Capitalism and the Fight-Back, Gus Hall 142
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The Meaning of the 9-Party Communist Conference, by William Z. Foster, November 1947 143
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Horizons of the Future, For a Socialist America, by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, December 1959 144
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The American Way to Jobs, Peace, Equal Rights and Democracy, September 1954 145
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The Communist Party & How it Works, A Hand Book on its Organization & Functioning, March 1976 146
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"Forge Fighting Unity Against the Wall Street Warmakers and the Exploiters of the Southern Masses", by Jim Jackson, 1950 147
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The Constitution and By-Laws of the Communist Party of the United States of America, August 1938 148
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"History Will be Made at the Stadium Sun., Sept. 24th" 149
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"On Certain Aspects of Bourgeois Nationalism" Pamphlet 150
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"An American People's Program to End Poverty and Unemployment in the U.S.", Economic Program of the Communist Party, U.S.A. 151
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Economic Crises 152
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Proceedings (Abridged) of the 16th National Convention of the Communist Party, U.S.A., May 1957 153
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What is Socialism?, by Ernst Fischer 154
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Thesis and Resolutions for the Seventh National Convention of the Communist Party of U.S.A., by Central Committee Plenum 155
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"Congressional Election Platform of the Communist Party" 156
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Acceptance Speeches 157
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"Vote Straight Communist" 158
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"Smash the Bosses Hunger Program", Fight for Unemployment Insurance, Cleveland Communist Election Platform, I.O. Ford for Mayor 159
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How to Make Your Vote Count, The Communist Position on the Issues and Candidates in the 1948 Elections, by George Morris, October 1948 160
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"Southside Election Rally" 161
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"Workers of Hamtrack Vote Communist- Against Hunger and Fascism" 162
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"The Platform of the Class Struggle", National Platform of the Workers (Communist) Party, 1928 31
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"Vote for John Makowski", Communist Candidate for Council- Ward 21 2
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Vote Communist Workers of the World United, "Congressional Platform of the Communist Party, 1934 3
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"Support the People's Cause..." 4
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"McCarthyism and the New Jersey Elections" 5
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"1948 Election Platform of the Communist Party", 1948 6
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"1952 Election Platform of the Communist Party", 1952 7
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"The Communist Election Platform 1936", 1936 8
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"What the People of Texas Need", The Communist Program for the Lone Star State 9
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"The 1940 Elections, How the People Can Win", By Earl Browder, May, 1939 10
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"America Needs Earl Browder", By A.B. Magil 11
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"Milestones in the History of the Communist Party", By Alex Bittelman, August, 1937 12
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"How Can We Share the Wealth?", The Communist Way Versus Huey Long, By Alex Bittelman, April, 1935 13
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"An Open Letter to all the Members of the Communist Party" 14
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"Labor and Anti- Semitism", By George Morris, May, 1953 15
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"A Brief History of U.S. Asian Labor", By Karl Yoneda 16
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"The Meaning of the XXth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union", Report to the National Committee of the Communist Party, U.S.A., By Max Weiss, 1956 17
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"Delegate, Special Convention Communist Party, U.S.A., July 4-7, 1968" 18
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"Religion and Communism", By Earl Browder, June, 1935 19
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"Talks to America", By Earl Browder, February, 1937 20
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"Social and National Security", By Earl Browder, December, 1938 21
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"An American People's Program to End Poverty and Unemployment in the U.S.", Economic Program of the Communist Party, U.S.A. 22
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"Passage to Progress", The '64 Election Mandate and the Road Ahead, December, 1964 23
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"A Communist Talks to Students", March, 1964 24
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"Youth Demands Peace", By James Lerner 25
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"The Philosophy of Communism", By James E. Jackson, 1963 26
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"Invitation to Join the Communist Party", By Robert Minor, February, 1943 27
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"In Defense of the Communist Party", Guide for Study and Discussion of William Z. Foster's Pamphlet, August, 1949 28
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"The Truth About Father Coughlin", By A.B. Magil, 1935 29
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"Policy for Victory", By Earl Browder, May, 1943 30
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"Coal Miners and the War", By Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, August, 1942 31
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"Life in the U.S. Army", By Walter Trumbull 32
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"Youth Serves the Nation", By Max Weiss, February, 1942 33
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"Youth for Victory in 1943", By Max Weiss, February, 1943 34
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"Fight for Your Future Now!", By Max Weiss, November, 1942 35
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"Peace or War, The People against the Warmakers!", By Eugene Dennis, May, 1946 36
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"The Year of Great Decision, 1942", By Robert Minor, May, 1942 37
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"The MacArthur Ouster", By Eugene Dennis 38
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"Intellectuals and the War", By V.J. Jerome "Intellectuals and the War", By V.J. Jerome 39
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"Two Questions on Winning the War", By Roy Hudson, May, 1942 40
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"The Trade Unions and the War", By William Z. Foster, June, 1912 41
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"What's What About the War", Questions and Answers, By William Z. Foster, July, 1940 42
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"Quarantine the War Mongers", By William Z. Foster, November, 1947 43
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"May Day Anti-War Rally" Flyer, 1946 44
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"Make the Democrats Keep Their Promises", June, 1933 45
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"Youth Confronts the Blue Eagle", By Gil Green 46
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Complete Schedule of Classes at the California Labor School 47
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"How to Win Jobs!", By Leonard Sparks 48
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"Labor and the Menace of Goldwaterism", By George Morris, September, 1964 49
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"Industrial Slavery- Roosevelt's 'New Deal'", By I. Amter, July, 1933 50
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"The Trotskyite Fifth Column in the Labor Movement", By George Morris, January, 1945 51
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"Company Unions Today", By Robert W. Dunn, 1935 52
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"Labor and the Marshall Plan", By William Z. Foster, March, 1948 53
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"Reaction Beats Its War Drums", By William Z. Foster, May, 1946 54
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"Smash Hitler's Spring Offensive Now!", By William Z. Foster, March, 1942 55
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"Why Work for Nothing?", By Herman Schendel, 1946 56
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"The People and the Congress", William Z. Foster, February, 1943 57
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"Should Americans Back the Marshall Plan?", Joseph Starobin, February, 1948 58
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"The Farmer's Way Out", Life Under a Worker's and Farmer's Government, By John Barnett June, 1935 59
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"Work for all or Unemployment" 60
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"Illinois Needs a Farmer- Labor Party", By Morris H. Childs 61
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"Industrial Insurance: A Snare for Workers", By Mort and E.A. Gilbert, 1936 62
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"How to Fight High Prices", By Louise Mitchell, November, 1947 63
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"Where to Begin?", How to Build a Mass Young Communist League, By F. Fuerenberg 64
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"Americans of Foreign Birth in the War Program for Victory", By Hon. Earl G. Harrison 65
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"Reconversion", Security or Crisis, By Allan Ross 66
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"World-Wide Unemployment", 20,000,000 Unemployed 67
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San Francisco Conference Pamphlet 68
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Clarity, Notes on the National Question, September, 1944 69
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"Schools and the Crisis", By Rex David, 1934 70
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"Poverty 'Midst Riches, Why We Demand Unemployment Insurance" 71
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"The History of May Day", By Alexander Trachtenberg (3), 1935, 1937, 1947 72
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"May Day", 1886: 8 Hour Work Day, 1959:6 Hour Work Day, 1959 73
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"Appalachia U.S.A.", A Study in Poverty, By George Meyers 74
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"How's Your Health?", The Fight for a National Health Program, By Robert Friedman, February, 1947 75
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"Broaden the Fight for Peace and Democracy!", By Joseph Rockman, September, 1952 76
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"Fight! Don't Starve!", Demands for Unemployment Insurance Made Upon the United States Congress 77
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"On the Struggle Against Revisionism", January, 1946 78
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"I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Solider-for Wall Street", By Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, February, 1940 79
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"Unemployment Insurance", The Burning Issue of the Day, By Earl Browder, April, 1935 80
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"20th Century Methods!" Pamphlet 81
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"A Democratic Way Out of the Crisis in Education", A Program for Resolving the Crisis in the New York City Public School System 82
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Educational Bulletin, March, 1956 83
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"Your Questions Answered", On Politics, Peace, Economics, Fascism, Anti-Semitism, Race Prejudice, Religion, Trade Unionism, Americanism, Democracy, Socialism, Communism, By William Z. Foster, 1939 84
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"Heroines", By Sasha Small 85
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"Everybody Can Be Rich- and Still Be Honest!", The Bread-And-Butter Facts of Life, By Jim West 86
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"What Price Profits?", By Max Weiss, April, 1947 87
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"March for Peace May 1st 1952", United Labor and People's Committee for May Day, 1952 88
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"The Real Father Coughlin", By A.B. Magil, May, 1939 89
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"More Agitation, More Propaganda!, By E. Fisher 90
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"Smash Michigan's Fifth Column!", August, 1942 91
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"White Guard Terrorists in the U.S.A.", By Leon Dennen 92
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"The Black Legion Rides", By George Morris, August, 1936 93
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"Texas Survey" Pamphlet 94
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"Here's to Health!" 1938-1939 95
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"Hold That Rent Ceiling", By Louise Mitchell, January, 1947 96
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"America's Housing Crisis", By Louise Mitchell, May, 1946 97
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"The Fascist Revival...the Inside Story of the John Birch Society...Who is in it? Who is Behind it? Who Directs and Finances it?", By Mike Newberry, June, 1961 98
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"How Mellon Got Rich", By Harvey O'Connor, 1933 99
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"The Truth About the MTA", By Daniel B. Schirmer 100
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Sales, Tax is Robbery!, Mass Action Will Force Its Repeal 101
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"The Elections and the Outlook for National Unity", By Eugene Dennis, December, 1944 102
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"Where Do We Go From Here?", By "Americus", November 6, 1948 103
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"The Watson-Parker Law", The Latest Scheme to Hamstring Railroad Unionism, By William Z. Foster, 1927 104
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"This is Treason!", By Sol Vail 105
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"Housecleaning by Labor, Not Housewrecking by Congress" 106
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"The American Way to Jobs, Peace, Democracy", May, 1954 107
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"Democracy in Danger", By Mary Collins, September, 1938 108
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"The Case Against David Dubinsky", By William Weinstone, June, 1946 109
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"Freedom Begins at Home", By Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, July, 1961 110
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"The Menace of Opportunism", By Max Bedacht 111
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"The Rankin Witch Hunt", By William Z. Foster, December, 1945 112
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"Science and Life", By J.G. Crowther, 1938 113
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"Is Anybody Pushing You Around?" 114
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"The American Holiday, May Day 1939", By Jane Filley, April, 1939 115
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"William Z. Foster, An Appreciation", By Joseph North, 1955 116
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"I Challenge the Un-Americans", By Eugene Dennis, May, 1947 117
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"My Side of the Story", The Statement the Newspapers Refused to Print, By Gerhart Eisler, March, 1947 118
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"DEBS and DENNIS, Fighters for Peace", By Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, October, 1950 119
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"Stool-Pigeon", By Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, July, 1949 120
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"Food Prices and Rationing", By Louise Mitchell, January, 1943 121
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"Jews and the National Question", By Hyman Levy, 1958 122
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"Jews in Action" 123
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"The Jewish People and the War", By Earl Browder, May, 1940 124
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"The C.I.O. Today", By George Morris, March, 1950 125
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"World Capitalism and World Socialism", By William Z. Foster, March, 1941 126
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"The 'Foreign Agent' Hoax Exposed", April 4, 1947 127
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"Hamtrack Municipal Election of 1934" Pamphlet, 1934 128
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"In the Dungeons of Mussolini", By Carlo Rossi, March, 1936 129
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Peoples Educational Center Directory (Spring), 1945 130
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"Facts About Gerald L. K. Smith", June 26, 1944 131
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"Resolution on the Path to Native American Indian Liberation, December, 1979 132
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"The Working Class and the Nation" and "Changes in Bourgeois Nationalism", By Peter Weiden, 1938, 1939 133
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"It's You They're After!" 134
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"The Foreign Born in the United States", By Dwight C. Morgan 1936 135
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YCL Pacesetter, August, 1939 136
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"In Flanders Field...", By Mac Weiss, May, 1935 137
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"Nazis Preferred", The Renazification of Western Germany, By Moses Miller, June, 1950 138
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"Pattern for American Fascism", By John L. Spivak, September, 1947 139
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"Post-War Jobs for Veterans, Negroes, and Women", By Roy Hudson, November, 1944 140
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Pamphlet About Reuben W. Borough 141
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"The U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R., War Allies and Friends", By William Z. Foster, October, 1942 142
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"The Fight Against Hitlerism", By William Z. Foster and Robert Minor, July, 1941 143
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"The Menace of a New World War", By William Z. Foster, March, 1946 144
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"The 'Free' Press", Portrait of a Monopoly, By George Marion, June, 1946 145
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"New Program of the Communist Party USA", The People versus Corporate Power, January, 1982 146
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A Pamphlet for the Communist Party Presidential Candidate Gus Hall and Jarvis Tyner for Vice President 147
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A Flyer for the American Youth Congress Citizenship Institute in Washington, D.C. 148
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"Programme of the Young Communist International" 149
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"Program of the Communist International", December, 1929 150
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The Communist, June 12, 1920 151
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"The Truth About the American Youth Congress", By Arthur Clifford, 1935 152
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"15th National Student Congress, August 19- August 30, 1962" 153
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"Our Generation Will Not Be Silent!", September, 1953 154
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"You've Got a Right", Defending Democracy, By Sasha Small, 1938 155
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"American Youth Acts", The Story of the American Youth Congress, By William W. Hinckley 156
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"How Fare Youth?", By Tom Dennison 157
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"Towards An American Student Union" 158
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"Students Take A Stand", An Account of Student Conferences in Washington During Christmas Week, 1933 41
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"Building a Militant Student Movement", Program of the National Student League 2
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"The American Youth Congress", What It Is, How It Works 3
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"For a New Youth Organization Dedicated to Education in the Spirit of Socialism!", by Leon Wofsy 4
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"Our Generation is in Danger" 5
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"Youth Fights for Peace, Jobs, Civil Rights" 6
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"Youth Demands a Peaceful World", Report of the Second World Youth Congress 7
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"Children Under Capitalism", By Grace Hutchins, 1933 8
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"Dust Off Your Dreams", The Story of American Youth for Democracy 9
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"Constitution of the Communist Party of the United States of America", July, 1975 10
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"Class Unity, All-People's Unity- The Only Way", By Gus Hall, August, 1987 11
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"Program For Victory" NY State Communist Party Election Platform, 1942 12
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Sedition! To Protest and Organize against War Hunger and Unemployment, By J. Louis Engdahl, 1930 13
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The Kodak Worker, V.1, N. 6, July 1928 14
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The Kodak Worker, V.1, N. 8, September 1928 15
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The Kodak Worker, V.1, N.11, January-February 1929 16
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"The Crisis in the Socialist Party", By William Z. Foster, November, 1936 17
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"The Path to Peace, Progress and Prosperity" 18
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"Take a Stand for Peace, Jobs & Equality", June, 1982 19
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"The Reds in Dixie", Who Are the Communists and What Do They Fight For in the South?, By Tom Johnson, March, 1935 20
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"The Challenge to Labor", March, 1960 21
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"New Program of the Communist Party U.S.A.", Ma, 1970 22
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"Constitution of the Communist Party of the United States of America", April, 1957 23
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"On the Road to Bolshevization", 1929 24
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"AFL Upsurge Challenges Policies of Old Guard", By Leon Kaplan, April 18-19, 1947 25
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"Security with FDR", By Vito Marcantonio, September, 1944 26
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"The Real Huey P. Long", By Sender Garlin, May, 1935 27
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"The Big Tax Swindle and How to Stop It", An Analysis and Program for Action, May, 1969 28
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"Who are the Americans?", By Earl Browder, July, 1936 29
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"Unite for Peace, Negro Freedom, Labor's Advance, Socialism", Resolutions of the 18th National Convention of the Communist Party, U.S.A., 1967 30
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"Shall the Communist Party Change Its Name?", February, 1944 31
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"Teheran and America", By Earl Browder, January, 1944 32
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"Teheran, Our Path in War and Peace", By Earl Browder, 1944 33
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"Draft Resolution for the 16th National Convention of the Communist Party, U.S.A.", Adopted Sept. 13, 1956 September, 1956 34
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"The United States in Crisis- The Communist Solution", September, 1969 35
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"Constitution of the Communist Party of the United States of America", October, 1948 36
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"Constitution of the Communist Political Association" 37
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"Draft Main Political Resolution", An Assessment and a Production, January, 1969 38
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"What New York State Needs", By The Communist Political Association of New York State 39
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"Let's Pull Together for Jobs, Security, Democracy, and Peace", By Carl Ross, September, 1938 40
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"The American Way to Jobs, Peace, and Democracy", Draft Program of the Communist Party, March, 1954 41
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"What America Faces", The New War Danger and the Struggle for Peace, Democracy and Economic Security, By Eugene Dennis, March, 1946 42
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"America at the Crossroads: Postwar Problems and Communist Policy", By Eugene Dennis, December, 1945 43
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"The Struggle for Detente", By Gus Hall 44
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"What America Needs", A Communist View , By Eugene Dennis and John Gates, March, 1956 45
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"1977 The Year of the Press", By Mike Zagarell, January, 1977 46
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"Make Your Dreams Come True", By Gil Green, June, 1937 47
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"The Youth and the Russian Revolution" 48
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"The People Against the Trusts", Build a Democratic Front to Defeat Reaction Now and Win a People's Victory in 1948, By Eugene Dennis, December, 1946 49
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The Communist International, Vol. XIV, No. 12, December, 1937 50
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"World Voices on the Moscow Trials", A Compilation from the Labor and Liberal Press of the World, October 22, 1936 51
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"Regional Autonomy for the Southwest", 1974 52
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The Party Review 53
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"The Constitution of the Communist Party of the United States of America" 54
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"Main Political Resolution adopted by the 16th National Convention of the Communist Party, U.S.A.", February 9-12, 1957, April, 1957 55
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"Fundamentals of Communism" 56
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"Call to 16th National Convention Communist Party, U.S.A.", February 9-12, 1957 57
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"The Communists Take a New Look", Report to the National Committee of the Communist Party, U.S.A., By Eugene Dennis, May, 1956 58
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"The Heritage of the Communist Political Association", By Robert Minor, August, 1944 59
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"The Carter Administration's African Policy", By Henry Winston 60
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"The Communist Party- 'The mind, the will and the honor of the working class!'", By James E. Jackson 61
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"21 Questions About War and Peace", By Eugene Dennis, August, 1950 62
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A Letter from the Communist Party of Los Angeles County, May, 1954 63
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"The Communist Party", Vanguard Fighter for Peace, Democracy, Security, and Socialism, By Pettis Perry, April, 1953 64
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"Communists and the People", Summation Speech to the Jury in the Second Foley Square Smith Act Trial of Thirteen Communist Leaders, By Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, May, 1953 65
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"Pattern for American Fascism", By John L. Spivak, September, 1947 66
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"The Fascist Danger and How to Combat it", By Eugene Dennis, August, 1948 67
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"Theory and Practice of the Communist Party", November, 1947 68
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"The Red Baiting Racket and How it Works", By George Morris, October, 1947 69
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"Is Communism Un-American?", 9 Questions About the Communist Party Answered, By Eugene Dennis, March, 1947 70
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"Let the People Know", The Truth About the Communists Which the Un-American Committee Tried to Suppress, By Eugene Dennis, April, 1947 71
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"The Red-Baiters Menace America", By Eugene Dennis, October, 1946 72
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"Meet the Communists", By Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, March, 1946 73
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"Communists and the Trade Unions", By Roy Hudson, October, 1943 74
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"Communism Versus Fascism", By William Z. Foster, June, 1941 75
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Young Communist Review, November, 1938 76
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"Party Organizer" (5), October 1937, April-June, 1938 and August, 1938 77
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"Hague over Jersey" 78
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"Who are the Reds?", By Roy Hudson, June, 1937 79
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"Beat the Steel Crisis! Save Every Job!", By Gus Hall 80
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"The Trotsky Opposition", Its Significance for American Workers, By Bertram D. Wolfe, 1928 81
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Socialism, What's In It For You, By A.B. Magil April, 1946 82
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"The Little Red Diary" No.1, Trade Unions in America, By W.Z. Foster, J.P. Cannon, and E.R. Browder, 1925 83
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"The Russian Constitution", Adopted July 10, 1918, January 4, 1919 84
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"Why Communism?", Plain Talks on Vital Problems, By M.J. Olgin, 1935 85
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"The Truth About Communism!", 1930 86
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Frontiers, October 1931 87
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Frontiers, January 1932 88
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Frontiers, April 1932 89
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Frontiers, June 1932 90
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Frontiers, November 1932 91
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"Who Are the Young Pioneers" Martha Campion, October 1943 92
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"Meet the Communists", 1943 93
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"The People's Demands" Pamphlet 94
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"A Guide to the Club, Its Role in Building the United Front in 1950", A Handbook for Community Club Officers, Prepared By Carl Dorfman 95
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"Unity or Else..." 96
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The Student Advocate, February 1936 97
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The Student Advocate, March 1936 98
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The Student Advocate, May 1936 99
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The Student Advocate, October-November 1936 100
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Student Review, December 1933 101
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Student Review, 1934 102
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Student Review, April 1935 103
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Student Review, October 1935 104
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General View of the 1st Annual National Communist Veterans Encampment at Turner's Arena, May 8, 1947 105
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"Motion Picture Workers: Keep Your Eye on the Ball The Eight Ball You Are Behind It!" Pamphlet, 1947 106
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New Foundations, V. VI, N. 4, June 1953 107
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"Equal Justice" , Fall 1941 108
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"Economic Questions, Commentary" 1952 109
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"The Soviet Union", Your Questions Answered, By Margaret Cowl, 1934 110
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"Agents of Peace" Pamphlet, 1951 111
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The Gil Green League Building Bulletin 112
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California's Brown Book, 1934 113
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"The Mexican People of the Southwest", August 3 1948 114
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"Men in Overalls, The Danger is Real- the Danger is Now!, You Can Make Truman Veto the Un-American Anti-Labor...Taft-Hartley Slave Bill!, You Can Also Force Blakney, Vandenberg, and Ferguson to Support a Veto" 115
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15 Years of the Communist Party, By Alex Bittelman, August, 1934 116
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City College and War, Why were Twenty-one Students Expelled?, October, 1933 117
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Beware of the War Danger!, Stop, Look, and Listen!, By William Z. Foster, April, 1948 118
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"Everything for Unity and Victory", By William Schneiderman 119
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The Kefauver Committee and the Pete Panto Murder, By Michael Singer, May, 1951 120
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Youth Unity for Peace Against Militarization 121
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A Statement to the President, the Congress, and the People of the United States from the American Congress for Peace and Democracy, 1939 122
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"They Shall Not Pass!" 123
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The Workers Monthly, January, 1925 124
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"How Wall Street Picks Your Pocket", By George Morris, October, 1946 125
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"Defend Dissent! Defeat the Racists and Warmakers! Support Dubois! Stop SACB Hearings!" 126
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Photograph of Communists and Unemployed, Carrying Huge Placards Calling for Work or Wages 127
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Photograph of Youth Demonstrators Staging a Sit-Down Squatting in the Driveway of the White House. They Wanted to Present a Petition on Behalf of the Lundeen Bill. February 20, 1937 128
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Photograph of the entrance of the Communist office headquarters in America, August 25, 1938 129
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Photograph of an Exhibit of Soviet Literature Shown Before the DIES Committee, August 19, 1938 130
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A Photograph of Communists Picketing in front of the Japanese Consulate, July 31, 1937 131
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A Photograph of Communists, March 20, 1937 132
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Photograph of a Page from the July Issue of the Communist International, September 25, 1936 133
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Photograph of a Vehicle Emblazoned with Communist Pledges, April 26, 1936 134
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A Photograph of a Mass Police Demonstration in Union Square to Celebrate the Anniversary of the Founding of the Soviet Union, August 5, 1929 135
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A Photograph of Police Dispersing Communist Agitators in Front of New Bedford Mill, January 22, 1930 136
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A Photograph of the New York Police Dispersing Several Hundred Communists Who Gathered in the City Hall Park, January 28, 1930 137
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A Photograph of Los Angeles Communist Riots, February 28, 1930 138
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A Photograph of A Female Communist Demonstrator, March 4, 1930 139
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A Photograph of a Communist Demonstrator Being Arrested, March 7, 1930 140
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A Photograph of Communists, March 7, 1930 141
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A Photograph of Police Arresting a Communist Parader, March 7, 1930 142
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A Photograph of One of the Sacco-Vanzetti Demonstrations on "Red Thursday", March 8, 1930 143
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A Photograph of a Demonstration at Union Square on "Red Thursday" Being Broken Up, March 10, 1930 144
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A Photograph of Communist Rioters in Cleveland, Ohio, October 3, 1930 145
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A Photograph of a Communist Cheering for Released Prisoners at Madison Square Garden, October 25, 1930 146
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A Photograph of a Communist Demonstration in Front of the Capital Building, December 8, 1930 147
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A Photograph of a Communist Dropped Over a Car's Fender, February 11, 1931 148
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A Photograph of a Communist Rioter Getting Chased by a Police Officer, February 11, 1931 149
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A Photograph of Radical Communists Rioting in Chicago, May 7, 1932 150
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A Photograph of Radical Communists Rioting in Chicago, May 7, 1932 151
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A Photograph of an Anti-Hitler Demonstration Before the Consulate, December 19, 1933 152
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A Photograph of Police Dispersing Communist Demonstrators in Sacramento, CA., April 24, 1934 153
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A Photograph of a Map from the Library of D.A.R. which Shows the Headquarters of Communists in the U.S., April 24, 1934 154
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A Photograph of a Inter-Protest Fighting in Front of City Hall, April 5, 1934 155
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A Photograph of a Communist Procession from Battery Park, May 1, 1934 156
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A Photograph of a Mass Picketing Demonstration Before the P.L. Bergoff Offices, July 19, 1934 157
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A Photograph of the East Bay Raid. In the Photograph, Civilians Demolish the Hall Used for Meetings By Communists, July 21, 1934 158
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Photograph of the Red May Day Parade, May 6, 1935 159
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Photograph of the Front Cover of the Magazine Communist International, September 25, 1936 160
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Photograph of a Radical Communism Propaganda Center Located in Georgia, February 16, 1936 161
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Photograph of a Radical Propaganda Center, February 23, 1936 162
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Photograph of a "Comrade" During the Arizona Disorders, April 18, 1936 163
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Photograph of a Scene in Phoenix When Naff was Leader of Movement, April 25, 1936 164
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Three Men Pictures at the 1st Annual National Communist Veterans Encampment at Turner's Arena, Washington, D.C., May 8, 1947 165
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Photograph of a Demonstration to "Free Tom Mooney", May 1, 1936 166
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Photograph of a Man Observing a Guarded Wall of Leftist Leaflets 167
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Photograph of Some of the Eleven Communists Who Surrendered at Old Bailey and Were on Trial for Conspiracy, December 1, 1925 168
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Photograph of a Protest Against Winston Churchill in front of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel N.Y.C and Additional Information, March 15, 1946 169
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Assorted Documents Which Discuss Leftist Movements in the U.S.A. and Overseas 1344
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The New Sport and Play, January and February, 1934 45
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"Second Southern California District Convention, By Dorothy Healey, January 29, 1960 46
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Letter/Flyer from the Young Communist League, July 24, 1939 47
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Assorted Newspapers (3), 1932-1934 48
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People's World, October 24, 1939 49
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Review, July 21, 1941 50
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"Of the People for the People, Pictorial Highlights of Fifty Years of the Communist Party, USA, 1919-1969", May, 1970 51
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The Communist International (2) March, 1936 and February, 1937 52
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New World Review (3), August-October, 1952 53
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Party Organizer (4), July, 1937, November-December, 1937, March, 1938 54
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Numerous Copies of Soviet Russia, Official Organ of the Russian Soviet Government Bureau 55
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Leaflets for Student Strike at Franklin High School 56
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The Struggle Against White Chauvinism, September 1949 57
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The American Foreign-Born Workers, ca. 1923 58
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May Day, 1938 59
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"The Program of Class Struggle Co-operation" Pamphlet, 1931 60
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"Join the Big Youth Parade May 30" Flyer, ca. May 30 1931 61
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Tenement Children Protest, New York City, February 26 1934 62
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"Resolution of the Free Tom Mooney Congress" 63
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High Time, January, 1939 64
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High Time, March 1939 65
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High Time, May, 1939 66
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Red Pen, May, 1937 67
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The Class Mark, November, 1935 68
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Hunger March on Salem, OR, January 13 1933 69
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The Workers Monthly, December 1925 70
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The Communist - Vol. VI No. 4-Vol. XXIII No. 12, June 1927-December 1944 15-16
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Masses & Mainstream - Vol. 1 No.1-Vol. 16 No. 8, March 1948-August 1963 16
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New York Daily Worker - Vol. 22 No.1-Vol. 22 No. 52, January 1945-February 1945 17
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New York Daily Worker - Vol. 22 No. 104-Vol.22 No. 156, May 1945-June 1945 17
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Voice of Action - Volume 1 - Complete, 1933-1934 17
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Workers Daily Press Association TLS, June 1921 2117
("Workers Daily Press Association TLS," online pending)
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"The American Standard of Living" Elizabeth Lawson, 1948 18
(""The American Standard of Living" Elizabeth Lawson," online pending)
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Herbert Aptheker Pamphlets 3, 1949-1961 19
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"Soviet Space Research", 1975 20
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"Soviet Russia and the Post-War World" Corliss Lamont 21
(""Soviet Russia and the Post-War World" Corliss Lamont" online pending)
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"The Case Against David Dubinsky" William Weinstone, 1946 22
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"The Toilers Against War" Clara Zetkin, 1934 23
(""The Toilers Against War" Clara Zetkin," online pending)
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"The Little Citizen of a Big Country" M. Ilin, 1939 24
(""The Little Citizen of a Big Country" M. Ilin," online pending)
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"Science, Technology, and Economics under Capitalism and in the Soviet Union" M. Rubenstein, 1932 25
(""Science, Technology, and Economics under Capitalism and in the Soviet Union" M. Rubenstein," online pending)
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"The Twilight of World Capitalism" William Z Foster, 1949 26
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"Women in the Soviet Union" F. Nurina, 1934 27
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"Vengeance on the Young: The Story of the Smith Act Children" Albert E. Kahn, 1952 28
(""Vengeance on the Young: The Story of the Smith Act Children" Albert E. Kahn," online pending)
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"Daughters of America: Ella Reeve Bloor and Anita Whitney" Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, 1942 29
(""Daughters of America: Ella Reeve Bloor and Anita Whitney" Elizabeth Gurley Flynn," online pending)
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"The Anatomy of McCarthyism" Mark Logan and Sam Douglas, 1953 30
(""The Anatomy of McCarthyism" Mark Logan and Sam Douglas," online pending)
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"McCarthy: the Man and the Ism" Joseph Morton, 1953 31
(""McCarthy: the Man and the Ism" Joseph Morton," online pending)
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"Peace Versus War: the Communist Position" P. Long, 1936 32
(""Peace Versus War: the Communist Position" P. Long," online pending)
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"What Price Free Speech?" California Emergency Defense Committee 33
(""What Price Free Speech?" California Emergency Defense Committee" online pending)
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Reports on Un-American Activities in California, 1948 34
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Reports on Un-American Activities in California, 1951 35
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Reports on Un-American Activities in California, 1961 36
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Reports on Un-American Activities in California, 1966 37
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Reports on Un-American Activities in California, 1967 38
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"What are we Doing in the Congo?" Dr. Hyman Lumer, 1965 39
(""What are we Doing in the Congo?" Dr. Hyman Lumer," online pending)
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"Communists and National Unity" Earl Browder Interview pamphlet, 1944 40
(""Communists and National Unity" Earl Browder Interview pamphlet," online pending)
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"The Fascist Danger and How to Combat it" Eugene Dennis, 1948 41
(""The Fascist Danger and How to Combat it" Eugene Dennis," online pending)
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"Democracy & Nazism" G. George Fox, 1934 42
(""Democracy & Nazism" G. George Fox," online pending)
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"Who Are the Aryans?" Margaret Schlauch, 1935 43
(""Who Are the Aryans?" Margaret Schlauch," online pending)
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"The People Against the Trusts" Eugene Dennis Pamphlet, 1946 44
(""The People Against the Trusts" Eugene Dennis Pamphlet," online pending)
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International Publishers (2) Vol. XXXV and XXVII, 2002-2005 45
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"The Treatment of Defeated Germany" VJ Jerome, May 1945 46
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"23 Questions about the Communist Party", 1948 47
(""23 Questions about the Communist Party"," online pending)
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"Marxism and Poetry" George Thompson, 1946 48
(""Marxism and Poetry" George Thompson," online pending)
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"Contempt of Congress: the Trial of Earl Browder", 1950 49
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"The American Way to Jobs, Peace, Democracy: Draft Program of the Communist Party, 1954 50
(""The American Way to Jobs, Peace, Democracy: Draft Program of the Communist Party," online pending)
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"Veterans on the March" Jack Douglas, 1934 221
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"Des Moines May Day Flyers"-3, 1934 2
(""Des Moines May Day Flyers"-3," online pending)
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"Vote Communist Election Flyer", 1936 3
(""Vote Communist Election Flyer"," online pending)
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"What Rearming Germany Means" Pamphlet Jessica Smith, 1955 4
(""What Rearming Germany Means" Pamphlet Jessica Smith," online pending)
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"A Warning to the American People" Flyer, 1936 5
(""A Warning to the American People" Flyer," online pending)
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"The Communist" Vol. 1 No.1 (2 Copies), June 1920 6
(""The Communist" Vol. 1 No.1 (2 Copies)," online pending)
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"American-Soviet Friendship Bulletin", 1945 7
(""American-Soviet Friendship Bulletin"," online pending)
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"Investigate Martin Dies!", August 1942 8
(""Investigate Martin Dies!"," online pending)
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"How Much Profit?" Philip Garden, August 1948 9
(""How Much Profit?" Philip Garden," online pending)
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"Peace Through Big Three Unity" Flyer, 1946 10
(""Peace Through Big Three Unity" Flyer," online pending)
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"The Challenge of the '56 Elections", 1956 11
(""The Challenge of the '56 Elections"," online pending)
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"Listening to Charges"- AP Wire Photo, 1951 12
(""Listening to Charges"- AP Wire Photo," online pending)
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"TLS from Portland YCL Chapter" envelope and letter, August 1936 13
(""TLS from Portland YCL Chapter" envelope and letter," online pending)
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"Demonstrate for Jobs, Security, Democracy. Peace May Day." Flyer, 1938 14
(""Demonstrate for Jobs, Security, Democracy. Peace May Day." Flyer," online pending)
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"Men and Women Wanted" leaflet, ca. 1938 15
(""Men and Women Wanted" leaflet," online pending)
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"Earl Browder Talk to the Senators on the Real Meaning of the Voorhis 'Blacklist' Bill", 1940 16
(""Earl Browder Talk to the Senators on the Real Meaning of the Voorhis 'Blacklist' Bill"," online pending)
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"Eugene Dennis Communist Pamphlets"- 2, 1945-1946 17
(""Eugene Dennis Communist Pamphlets"- 2," online pending)
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"Support Dubois Stop SACB Hearings" Sticker, ca. 1960 18
(""Support Dubois Stop SACB Hearings" Sticker," online pending)
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"The Meaning of the Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union" Pamphlet, 1956 19
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International Pamphlets, 1932 20
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International Pamphlets, 1930 21
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U.S. Government anticommunist publications-3, 1953-1959 22
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"If this be Treason" Richard O. Boyer, 1948 23
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"Russia's Fighting Forces" Capt. Sergei Kournakoff, 1942 24
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CPUSA Application for Membership, ca. 1920s 25
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"Why Every Worker Should Join the Communist Party", 1929 26
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"The Revolutionary Movement in the Colonies", 1928 27
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"Japan: A War Base. Document of a Dangerous Situation", 1961 28
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Los Angeles May Day Demonstration Photos- 3, 1933 29
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Detroit Communist Demonstration Photos- 3 photos, 1930-1933 30
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"Every Party Member a Fighter for Peace", 1949 8
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New Masses, August 1927 9
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Series  VIII. Ethnic Radicalism 

Scope and Content Notes

Immigrant radicals carried left wing politics to the U.S. in their cultural baggage. They settled in American ethnic communities and continuing organizing and agitating, gaining traction among fellow ethnics for two reasons. First, many immigrants still followed old country politics both for emotional reasons and because they frequently intended to return home after a sojourn in America. Especially for immigrants from countries where the Left expanded rapidly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the strength of left-wing organizations in their homelands gave left-wing politics credibility despite the weaknesses of the Left in the U.S. Second, ethnic discrimination and deplorable living and working conditions disillusioned and radicalized some immigrant who had come to the U.S. with grandiose expectations of their prospects in Golden America.

Ethnic radicals maintained cultural influence and organizational stability by creating and controlling three types of institutions: newspapers, ethnic sections of left-wing parties, and fraternal and mutual insurance societies. Left-wing newspapers and magazines published in immigrants’ native languages often had readerships many times larger than ethnic party memberships or voting totals. Ethnic restaurants, bars, breweries, shops, funeral parlors advertised in their pages. Clubs announced their meetings. Newspaper offices functioned as focis of political activity. Hundreds of such publication supported the SPUSA, the CPUSA, and the anarchist movement. Socialist Party locals and later Communist locals in ethnic neighborhoods frequently included a preponderance of members from a non-English speaking ethnic group and conducted local business in that language. The Socialist Party recognized and accommodated this tendency by allowing these ethnically based locals to amalgamate into national foreign language federations within the Socialist Party. The foreign language federations gradually increased their influence within the SPUSA, especially after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution inspired many Eastern European immigrants. Some of them, most notably the Finnish Socialist Federation, went over to the incipient American Communist movement almost en masse. Indeed, the Finns represented 40% of the CP’s membership in 1924 and its most dependable base of financial support. In the late 1920s, however, as part of the policy of Bolshevization of the CPUSA (e.g. Stalinization), the Party disbanded much of its ethnically based organizational apparatus.

Ethnic radicalism continued to flourish within the Communist orbit, especially during the Popular Front period within the traditional third leg of ethnic radicalism: fraternal and mutual insurance associations. Ethnic fraternal and mutual insurance associations offered secular alternatives to church-based ethnic community activities and sold cheap insurance benefits to working-class families who could not afford the premiums of conventional commercial insurance. Leftist exercised a disproportionate influence in ethnic fraternal life in many nationalities (e.g. Finns, Eastern European, Jews, Croatians, Slovaks). Among the most successful was the Jewish Arbeiter Ring (Workmen’s Circle). In 1929 Communists within the AR, in keeping with sectarian Third Period Comintern policies split off to form an explicitly Communist and revolutionary alternative, the IWO, International Workers Order. The IWO began with probably less than 5,000 members but expanded rapidly during the Popular Front period reaching a peak membership of over 200,000 in the mid-1940s and expanding its ethnic representation to many other nationalities beyond the original Jewish base.

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Tyomiehen Joulu, XX, 1922 4170
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Tyomiehen Joulu, XXI 171
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Tyomiehen Joulu XXII, 1924 172
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Tyomiehen Joulu, XXVII, 1929 51
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Magyarok Amerikaban, 1951 2
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"Foreign-Born Americans and the War" 3
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"Our Badge of Infamy, A Petition to the United Nations on The Treatment of the Mexican Immigrant", April, 1959 4
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"The Chicanos", 1973 5
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"1944...Crucial Year, The Need of Dynamic Unity in the Immigrant Groups, Two Addresses by Louis Adamic" 6
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"The Reapers, A Colorful Social Drama, By Siskind Liev" 7
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Pamphlet Written in Yiddish 1950 8
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"The Jewish Fraternalist, Jewish Peoples Fraternal Order Celebrates 20th Anniversary", February-March, 1950 9
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Book Written in Yiddish, 1910 10
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Book Written in Yiddish, 1934 11
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Book Written in Yiddish, (25th Anniversary Publication) 12
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"The Town Hall" Program, 1971 13
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Roots of Jewish Nonviolence 14
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"Yiddish Short Stories", 1923 15
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Ahjo (The Forge), Tieteellis-kaunokirjallinen Julkaisu, September, 1918 16
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Fraternal Outlook, Official Organ of the International Workers Order, January, 1939 17
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Fraternal Outlook, Official Organ of the International Workers Order, March, 1939 17a
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Fraternal Outlook, Official Organ of the International Workers Order, May, 1939 18
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Fraternal Outlook, Official Organ of the International Workers Order, July, 1941 19
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Fraternal Outlook, Official Organ of the International Workers Order, November, 1941 20
("Fraternal Outlook, Official Organ of the International Workers Order," online pending)
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International Workers Order Membership Aid 1 Cent Stamps (6) 21
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Vappu, 1924 22
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Vappu, 1926 23
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Vappu, 1927 24
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Vappu, 1928 25
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Jewish Currents, April, 1995 26
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Jewish Currents, May, 1995 27
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Jewish Currents, July-August, 1995 28
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Jewish Currents, October, 1995 29
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Jewish Currents, November, 1995 30
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Jewish Currents, December, 1995 31
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Jewish Currents, May, 1996 32
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Jewish Currents, January, 1997 34
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Jewish Currents, February, 1997 35
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Jewish Currents, March, 1997 36
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Jewish Currents, April, 1997 37
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Jewish Currents, May, 1997 38
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Jewish Currents, July-August, 1997 39
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Jewish Currents, October, 1996 40
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Jewish Currents, November, 1997 41
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Jewish Currents, December, 1997 42
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Jewish Currents, January, 1998 43
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Jewish Currents, February, 1998 44
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Jewish Currents, June, 1999 45
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Jewish Currents, December, 1999 46
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Jewish Currents, February, 2000 47
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Jewish Currents, March, 2000 48
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Jewish Currents, April, 2000 49
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Jewish Currents, May, 2000 50
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Jewish Currents, June, 2000 51
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Jewish Currents, July-August, 2000 52
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Jewish Currents, November, 2000 53
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Jewish Currents, December, 2000 54
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Jewish Currents, January, 2001 55
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Jewish Currents, February, 2001 56
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Jewish Currents, March, 2001 57
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Jewish Currents, July-August, 2001 58
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Jewish Currents, May-June, 2002 59
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Jewish Currents, July-August, 2002 60
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Jewish Currents, November-December, 2002 61
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Jewish Currents, January-February, 2003 62
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Jewish Currents, March-April, 2003 63
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Jewish Currents, July-August, 2005 64
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Jewish Currents, November-December, 2005 65
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Jewish Currents, Janurary-February, 2007 66
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Jewish Currents, March-April, 2007 67
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Jewish Currents, September-October, 2007 68
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Jewish Currents, November-December, 2007 69
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Jewish Currents, January-February, 2008 70
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Jewish Currents, March-April, 2008 71
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Slavic Americans in the fight for Victory and Peace, By George Pirinsky, March, 1946 72
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Struggle, Louis Adamic, 1935 73
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Are We Aryans?, By Gino Bardi, May, 1939 74
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Program for Survival , The Communist Position on the Jewish Question, By Alexander Bittelman 75
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Crisis in Palestine, By Moses Miller, September, 1946 76
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Should Jews Unite?, Jewish People's Unity As a Force for American National Unity, By Alexander Bittelman 77
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"School Bulletin" 78
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Viesti, March, 1933 79
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Viesti, April, 1933 80
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Viesti, May, 1933 81
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"A Youth Fraternal Order" Pamphlet, 1931 82
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"We saw Spain" IWO meeting flyer, 1936 83
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Laging Una, V.16, N. 1, January 5 1965 84
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"Anti-Semitism and Reaction, 1795-1800, By Morris U. Schappes 85
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"The Ashes of Six Million Jews", By Fred Blair, 1946 86
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"Nowhere to Lay Their Heads", The Jewish Tragedy in Europe and its Solution, By Victor Gollancz 87
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Poster Printed in Yiddish 1371
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Ten Years Artef, March, 1937 72
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"Workmen's Circle 37th Convention Journal 17th Kinder Ring", May, 1937 73
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Gewerkschaften, Fiftieth Anniversary Edition 74
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Manila Envelope Addressed to Anna Luczecgko from the International Workers Order 75
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Book Written in Yiddish December 20, 1935 76
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Revolt of the Reapers, By Siskind Liev 77
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Resistance is the Lesson: the Meaning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 78
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"The Strange World of Hannah Arendt", Maurice U. Schappes, 1963 79
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Torchlight, "A Glance at the Old - A Look Ahead at the New" 80
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"Where Are We Now?," 1956 81
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I.W.O. on Parade, 1938 82
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Letters to Anna Luczeczko, IWO member, 1939 83
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IWO Duplicate Membership Form, 1939 84
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Give Them Aid and Comfort - Solidarity Gifts 85
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Tie Vapuaten- 10 issues, April 1925- May 1937 2232
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"The Real Issue for the Furriers" Greek/English Leaflet, 1940 33
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Cartoons from the Delano Strike- Don Sotaco, 1966 34
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"Israel and Jews in the Soviet Mirror", 1967 35
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"Fight for Democracy and Freedom!" Greek/English Flyer, November 1940 36
(""Fight for Democracy and Freedom!" Greek/English Flyer," online pending)
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"The Struggle for Peace and Democracy in the U.S.A." American Slav Congress, 1947 37
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Workmen's Circle Tickets, 2, 1955-1956 38
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"40 Years Workmen's Circle: A History in Pictures"- Yiddish/English, 1940 39
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"History of the Workmen's Circle" Maximilion Hurwitz, 1936 40
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"Labor's Enemy: Anti-Semitism", 1945 41
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"...Is it true what they say about Cohen?" Bill Levner, 1948 42
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"Steelyard Blues" NACLA Report, 1979 43
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Unser Vort, Jewish Magazine, January 1950 44
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Der Arbiter Ring- Yiddish Brochure, 1938 45
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Dos Neve Leben- Yiddish Socialist Periodical, 1909 46
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Finnish Socialist and Pro IWW Magazine Annuals: Industrialistin joulu and Punainen Soihtu, 1922-1925 47
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"Towards Fair Play for Jewish Workers" Jewish Congress, October 1938 48
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20th Year Commemoration of East Los Angeles Riots, January 1991 49
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Jewish Currents: 8 issues, April 1987- December 1988 231
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Jewish Currents: 10 issues, March 1989- June 1997 2
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Jewish Currents: 7 issues, May/June 2005- Summer 2010 3
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Cesar Chavez Poster 342
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Series  IX. Feminism, Gay, Lesbian 

Scope and Content Notes

The sexual and gender politics of leaders of the Old Left generally did not stray very far from conventional bourgeois norms, but their movements nonetheless offered political space for feminists and radical critics of the gender system. The dominant position within both the SPUSA and the CPUSA viewed the “Women Question” as a special case of the Class Question. Capitalism fostered discrimination against women as a way of maintaining a subservient reserve army of labor that could be used to divide workers and lower wages. Only socialism would solve the Women Question. Both parties officially supported equal rights for women and opposed gender discrimination, but top leaders rarely gave these issues priority.

Nonetheless, both parties offered political space for female activists concerned with gender issues and for thinkers with more penetrating critiques of the gender system than the standard Party orthodoxies. Women with organizational skills, oratorical flair, or literary talents gained visibility and political capital within these Parties as well as access to wider networks of political influence. Both the SPUSA and CPUSA published writings on gender issues that anticipated arguments more generally associated with post 1960s radical feminism.

Gender issues and critiques of the gender system became much more visible in the New Left than the Old. In part, that reflected the New Left’s greater emphasis on personal liberation and quality of life issues. In part, it reflected wider social changes that had started to undermine older gender norms and empowered women (globally as well as in the US)—declining birth rates and increased access to birth control; increased female labor force participation; increased female access to education.

This greater visibility of political critiques of the gender system also facilitated the emergence of radical movements among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender sexual minorities. The Old Left rarely addressed questions of sexual identity or the oppression of sexual minorities. Neither the Socialist nor the Communist Party questioned heterosexual orthodoxy, although some anarchists did so occasionally. Some ex-Communists did play notable roles in the early stages of the Gay Rights movement such as several of the founders of the Mattachine Society. But the surge of radical feminism within the New Left encouraged far greater militancy and political visibility among LGBT activists.

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National News, Birth Control Pamphlet, November, 1936 588
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The Mothers Bill of Rights Pamphlet 89
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Feminist Revolution, 1975 90
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The Rhythm Method of Natural Birth Control, By Joseph McCabe, 1934 91
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Sister, New Haven's Women's Liberation Newsletter, February 1, 1972 92
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Woman's Place-In the Fight for a Better World, By Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, March, 1947 93
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Women & The Cuban Revolution, Speeches by Fidel Castro, Articles by Linda Jenness 94
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Sisterhood is Powerful, By Betsey Stone, December, 1970 61
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"Women of New York, WPA Cuts Threaten Your Standard of Living" Flyer 2
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Women- Vote for Life!, By Ann Rivington 3
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Women in History, A Recreation of Our Past 4
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Women and Equality, By Margaret Cowl, February, 1935 5
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Women, War and Fascism, By Dorothy McConnell, December, 1935 6
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Consider the Laundry Workers, By Jane Filley and Therese Mitchell, June, 1937 7
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Women on Guard, How the Women of the World Fight for Peace, By Betty Millard, February, 1952 8
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Women Who Work, By Grace Hutchins, 1952 9
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What Every Working Woman Wants, By Grace Hutchins, February, 1935 10
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Women in Action, By Sasha Small, February, 1935 11
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Women in the Struggle for Peace and Security, By Claudia Jones, April, 1950 12
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Win Magazine, January, 1970 13
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The Gay Question, A Marxist Appraisal, By Bob McCubbin, 1976 14
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Mattachine Review (8), November-December, 1955-December, 1956 15
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Front Line of Freedom, 1981 16
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Women and the New World 17
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Betty Millard, "Woman Against Myth", 1948 18
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Spectre 3, July-August 1971 19
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Spectre 4, September-October 1971 20
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Specter-6, January-February 1972 21
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Socialist Feminism: A Strategy for the Women's Movement, 1972 22
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Sister: New Haven Women's Liberation Newsletter V.1, N.7 1971 23
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The Furies, Lesbian Feminist Monthly, January, 1972- May-June, 1973 141
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Socialism 2
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Women of Yesterday and Today 3
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Francis Willard on Socialism 4
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Work Among Women 5
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Lavender Woman 6
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Lavender Vision Lavender Vision for the Lesbian Community 7
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"The Place of American Women" Pamphlet, 1968 9
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"The Way We See It" Pamphlet, August 26 1970 10
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"Let's Stand Together: The Story of Ella Mae Wiggins", 1979 234
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"Women in the War" Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, 1942 5
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"The Place of American Women: Economic Exploitation of Women", Joan Jordan, 1968 6
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"The Working Woman" Periodical, November 1934 7
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"A Socialist/Feminist View of the Capitalist Organization of Production" Kathryn Johnson and Peggy Somers, 1972 8
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Series  X. Labor 

Scope and Content Notes

The SPUSA and the CPUSA, like virtually all left-wing organizations that considered themselves Marxist, described themselves as parties of the working class although significant portions of their membership were intellectuals, professionals, small business owners and farmers. Indeed, Trotsky, during his brief sojourn in NYC before the Bolshevik Revolution, is alleged to have described the American Socialist Party as a party of dentists and lawyers.

Since their theory told them that the working class was the agent of historical change, both parties considered participation in the daily workplace struggles of industrial workers as one of their highest political priorities. However, neither party reached consensus on how to relate to the labor movement. Both parties recruited nationally prominent labor organizers and trade union officials (e.g. Eugene Debs, William Z. Foster) as well as significant cohorts of local union officials and labor activists. But the majority of AFL (American Federation of Labor) unions subscribed to Samuel Gompers’ strategy of “pure and simple unionism” emphasizing short range limited goals such as wages, hours and working conditions and eschewing advocacy of utopian societal reconstruction such as socialism. Socialists and other radicals critical of the AFL organized the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in 1905 as a revolutionary alternative, but many Socialists considered the IWW a sectarian and schismatic division of working class solidarity. Debates over how the Socialist Party should relate to the AFL or the IWW became one of the most important sources of the factional conflict that undermined the SPUSA.

Similar debates bedeviled the CPUSA. The Party shifted back and forth from a policy of “boring from within” the AFL to a policy of attacking the AFL and sponsoring rival revolutionary unions. Generally these shifts in CP trade union policies corresponded with shifts to the left or right in the Comintern line. In the years immediately after the Bolshevik Revolution, American Communists devoted considerable energy to recruiting the IWW to the Communist movement. As the worldwide revolutionary wave crested without successful revolutions anywhere but the Soviet Union, Soviet leaders sought to consolidate their power and to convince their followers around the world to settle in for a long period of inconclusive political struggle. They urged American Communists to abandon notions of pure revolutionary unions and seek to garner influence within the AFL instead. William Z. Foster, by far the most prominent labor leader in the CPUSA, had organized the Trade Union Education League (TUEL) for labor radicals in the AFL in 1920, and in 1922 the CPUSA and the Comintern adopted and subsidized the TUEL.

However, during the Third Period (1928-1935) as the Comintern dictated labor policies of pure revolutionary unionism, the CPUSA disbanded the TUEL and organized instead the Trade Union Unity League (TUUL) as a federation of revolutionary Communist unions organized as rivals to AFL unions. With the shift to the Popular Front in 1935, the CPUSA shifted back to engagement with the mainstream labor movement. Fortuitously, this shift corresponded with the appearance of the CIO in 1935. Communists devoted themselves to the CIO and played critical roles in organizing many of the CIO’s most important unions. Their dedication to the CIO earned them the regard of many trade unionists who did not necessarily agree with Communist ideology. The political capital Communists earned within the CIO was probably the most important source of the Party’s influence in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

The New Left also had difficulty deciding how to relate to the labor movement. As a middle class movement and as a movement that arose out of disappointment with the Old Left, many early New Leftists doubted Marxist formulations about the historic mission of the working class and tended to view labor union officials as part of the Establishment, e.g. part of the problem more than the solution. On the other hand, as New Leftists moved off campus to engage in civil rights campaigns or community organizing, many began to appreciate both the skills and dedication of veteran labor union activists. This shift in point of view was encouraged by small schismatic Old Left parties such as the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and the Maoist Progressive Labor Party (PL), both of which had surprisingly large influence within the leading New Left student organization, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) during SDS’s final years. Also, as increasing numbers of student activists graduated from universities they looked for meaningful strategies to continue radical political activity. A variety of New left offshoots, as well as such Old Left parties as the SWP and PL, encouraged them to take jobs in factories, coal mines, and trucking companies. Several thousand former SDS’s did so.

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Textile Strike Bulletin, July 22, 1931 624
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Automation and Labor, By William Kashtan, October, 1964 25
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Guaranteed Annual Wage, By Wyndham Mortimer, November 20, 1953 26
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U.S. Labor Looks at Europe, 1951 27
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The History of the Shorter Workday, 1942 28
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A Manual of Industrial Unionism, Organizational Structure and Policies, By William Z. Foster, August, 1937 29
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The Steel Workers and The Fight for Labor's Rights, By William Z. Foster, June, 1952 30
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Organized Labor and the Fascist Danger, By William Z. Foster, August, 1947 31
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Organized Labor Faces the New World, By William Z. Foster, May, 1945 32
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The Strike Situation and Organized Labor's Wage and Job Strategy, By William Z. Foster, November, 1945 33
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Organizing Methods in the Steel Industry, By William Z. Foster, October, 1936 35
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The Railroaders' Next Step- Amalgamation, By William Z. Foster 34
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Halt the Railroad Wage Cut, By William Z. Foster, October, 1938 36
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What Means a Strike in Steel, By William Z. Foster, February, 1937 37
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Stop Wage-Cuts & Layoffs on the Railroads, A Reply to President T.C. Cashen of the Switchmen's Union of North America, By William Z. Foster, April, 1938 38
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Organize the Unorganized, By William Z. Foster 39
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The C.I.O. Convention and National Unity, By Roy Hudson, December, 1941 40
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Labor Unity, What AFL-CIO Merger Means for Workers, By George Morris, March, 1955 41
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Miners Unite!, For One Class Struggle Union, By B. Frank 42
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Little Brothers of the Big Labor Fakers, By William Z. Foster 43
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Wrecking the Labor Banks, By William Z. Foster 44
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"Do You Know Your Neighbor" 45
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The Trade Union Unity League Today, Its Structure, Policy, Program and Growth, By Nathaniel Honig, June, 1934 46
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The Trade Unions Since the N.R.A., By Nathaniel Honig, April, 1934 47
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Kentucky Miners Fight, By Harry Gannes, 1932 48
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Company Unions, By Robert W. Dunn 49
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The White Collar Clarion, January, 1936 50
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The Trade Union Unity League, Its Program, Structure, Methods and History 51
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"Program of The Trade Union Educational League" 52
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Photograph of a scene at the New Bedford Strike 53
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Strike Strategy, By William Z. Foster, 1926 54
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The Hearst Worker, January, 1935 55
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Gastonia Citadel of the Class Struggle in the New South, By William F. Dunne, 1929 56
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Solidarity, June, 1929 57
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Industrial Worker, September 30, 1944 58
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Industrial Worker, November 13, 1948 59
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"General Organization Bulletin", May, 1936 60
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Agricultural Workers Industrial Union Financial Statements (4), 1936 61
Online
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Industrial Worker, Official Newspaper of the Industrial Workers of the World, October, 2007 62
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Showdown in Coal: The Struggle for Rank-And-File Unionism, By Linda and Pual Nyden, January, 1978 63
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Issues of Labor Today (2), 1980 64
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Workers' Education, A Quarterly Journal, February, 1924 65
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, February 1979 66
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, May 1979 67
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, August-September 1979 68
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, January-March 1980 69
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, April-June 1980 70
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, July-September 1980 71
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, October-December 1980 72
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Spring 1981 73
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Fall 1981 74
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Winter 1981-1982 75
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Spring 1982 76
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Fall 1982 77
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Spring 1983 78
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Winter 1983-1984 79
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Fall 1984 80
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Spring 1985 81
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Winter 1985-1986 82
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Fall 1986 83
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Summer 1987 84
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Punchin' Out with the Mill Hunk Herald, Summer 1988 85
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"Community Council in Support of Labor Petitions" 1411
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"Tom Mooney" Files 12
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"Smashing Chains, Labor Struggles in Pictures" 13
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IWW -- Industrial Worker, November 6, 1920 14
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Build Labor Party, 1946 15
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LC News Letter Vol. 2, No. 3, March 1940 16
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LC News Letter Vol. 2, No. 4, April 1940 17
Online
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LC News Letter Vol. 2, No. 5, May 1940 18
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LC News Letter Vol. 2, No. 12, December 1939 19
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LC News Letter Vol. 3, No. 1, January 1940 20
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LC News Letter Vol. 3, No. 2, February 1940 21
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LC News Letter Vol. 3, No. 6 22
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"The Microphone: The Voice of the Worker" Vol. 2 No. 2, May 1935 2329a
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"The Microphone: The Voice of the Worker" Vol. 2 No. 3, June 1935 29b
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"The Microphone: The Voice of the Worker" Vol. 2 No. 8, December 1935 29c
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"Industry's Law Against the People" pamphlet, 1948 30
(""Industry's Law Against the People" pamphlet," online pending)
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"The Case for Impeachment of Richard M. Nixon- Now" pamphlet, November 1973 31
(""The Case for Impeachment of Richard M. Nixon- Now" pamphlet," online pending)
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Official Proceedings: First National Convention of United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing and Allied Workers of America, July 1937 32
("Official Proceedings: First National Convention of United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing and Allied Workers of America," online pending)
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"Report on Italy" George Baldanzi, April 1945 33
(""Report on Italy" George Baldanzi," online pending)
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"Our Jobs, Our Health, Our Lives, Our Fight" Report, 1980 34
(""Our Jobs, Our Health, Our Lives, Our Fight" Report," online pending)
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"Walter Reuther on First Things First" pamphlet, March 1964 35
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"... A burden on the conscience of the American People: The Harry Bridges Case" Philip Murray, 1944 36
(""... A burden on the conscience of the American People: The Harry Bridges Case" Philip Murray," online pending)
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"Here is Your Union!" Henry Kraus, UE Pamphlet, ca. 1952 37
(""Here is Your Union!" Henry Kraus, UE Pamphlet," online pending)
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"Walking Together: Religion and Labor" pamphlet, 1945 38
(""Walking Together: Religion and Labor" pamphlet," online pending)
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"UE Fights for a Better America", 1946 39
(""UE Fights for a Better America"," online pending)
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Solidarity Day brochure, September 1981 40
("Solidarity Day brochure," online pending)
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Haymarket Centennial brochures (2), 1986 41
("Haymarket Centennial brochures (2)," online pending)
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"The Sigmon Brothers: Union Busting in Kentucky- Another Case" National Lawyer's Guild, October, 1979 42
(""The Sigmon Brothers: Union Busting in Kentucky- Another Case" National Lawyer's Guild," online pending)
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"An Analysis of Our AFL-CIO Role in Latin America or Under Covers with the CIA" Fred Hirsch, 1974 43
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Pitt Professional Union AFT."A Brief History" (2) & Constitution (3), 1980-1982 44
("Pitt Professional Union AFT."A Brief History" (2) & Constitution (3)," online pending)
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CIO Year Book, Directory, and Legislative Manual, 1942 45
("CIO Year Book, Directory, and Legislative Manual," online pending)
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"How You Can Tell When They're Planning to Run Away" Mimeo. 46
(""How You Can Tell When They're Planning to Run Away" Mimeo." online pending)
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"The Facts Behind the School Salary Crisis" pamphlet, 1951 47
(""The Facts Behind the School Salary Crisis" pamphlet," online pending)
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"Report on World Unity" pamphlet, 1945 48
(""Report on World Unity" pamphlet," online pending)
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"The Auto Workers Tell the President- Plenty!" pamphlet, 1935 49
(""The Auto Workers Tell the President- Plenty!" pamphlet," online pending)
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403s Are Coming Flyer, January 1937 50
("403s Are Coming Flyer," online pending)
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CIO's 1940 Legislative Program for Jobs, Security, and Peace, 1940 51
("CIO's 1940 Legislative Program for Jobs, Security, and Peace," online pending)
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Industrial Unions and Taft-Harley, 1954 52
("Industrial Unions and Taft-Harley," online pending)
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"Labor Has Always Led" pamphlet, 1948 53
(""Labor Has Always Led" pamphlet," online pending)
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"Homes For Workers in Planned Communities through Collective Action", 1943 54
(""Homes For Workers in Planned Communities through Collective Action"," online pending)
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"We Accuse: The Story of Tom Mooney" Vito Marcantonio, 1938 55
(""We Accuse: The Story of Tom Mooney" Vito Marcantonio," online pending)
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"Lasting Peace the ILO Way", 1953 56
(""Lasting Peace the ILO Way"," online pending)
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"an old foe with a new face" Harry Becker, June 1946 57
(""an old foe with a new face" Harry Becker," online pending)
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The Dawn of Real Freedom no. 1 "Capitalism on Trial by A Knight of Labor" 58
("The Dawn of Real Freedom no. 1 "Capitalism on Trial by A Knight of Labor"" online pending)
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"The Control of Wages" Walton Hamilton and Stacy May. Workers Education Bookshelf vol. II, 1923 59
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"The Living Constitution" Howard Lee McBain, The Workers Bookshelf vol. VIII, 1927 60
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Pitt Professional Union AFT. Collective Bargaining Items (6), 1980-1982 61
("Pitt Professional Union AFT. Collective Bargaining Items (6)," online pending)
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Pitt Professional Union AFT. "Dear Member" Letters (7), 1980-1982 62
("Pitt Professional Union AFT. "Dear Member" Letters (7)," online pending)
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Pitt Professional Union AFT. Formation Proposal (2) and Member Benefits Statement (2), 1980-1982 63
("Pitt Professional Union AFT. Formation Proposal (2) and Member Benefits Statement (2)," online pending)
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Pitt Professional Union AFT. Statement of Positions (2), March, 1976 64
("Pitt Professional Union AFT. Statement of Positions (2)," online pending)
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"Coal Industry Research Guide", National Lawyer's Guild, January 1980 65
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"The CIO and the White Collar Worker" CIO, 1940 66
(""The CIO and the White Collar Worker" CIO," online pending)
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"What's Ahead?", CIO Pamphlet, ca. 1947 67
(""What's Ahead?", CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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"Bretton Woods is no mystery" Joseph Gaer CIO pamphlets, ca. 1945 68
(""Bretton Woods is no mystery" Joseph Gaer CIO pamphlets," online pending)
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"the answer is Full Employment" CIO pamphlet, ca. 1945 69
(""the answer is Full Employment" CIO pamphlet," online pending)
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"Vets Can't Eat Medals" UE Pamphlet, October 1946 70
(""Vets Can't Eat Medals" UE Pamphlet," online pending)
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"The Road to Freedom" Joseph Gaer CIO Pamphlet, ca. 1945 71
(""The Road to Freedom" Joseph Gaer CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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"There's No Place like Home... If you can get one" Joseph Gaer CIO Pamphlet, ca. 1946 72
(""There's No Place like Home... If you can get one" Joseph Gaer CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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"When a Worker Needs a Friend" Joseph Gaer CIO Pamphlet, 1946 73
(""When a Worker Needs a Friend" Joseph Gaer CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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"The People's Program for 1946" Joseph Gaer CIO Pamphlet, 1946 74
(""The People's Program for 1946" Joseph Gaer CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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"As We Win" CIO Pamphlet, 1944 75
(""As We Win" CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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"Angels Could Do it Better" Joseph Gaer CIO Pamphlet, 1945 76
(""Angels Could Do it Better" Joseph Gaer CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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"Labor and Education" CIO Pamphlet, ca. 1946 77
(""Labor and Education" CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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Analysis of the Taft-Hartley Act, CIO pamphlet ca. 1947 78
("Analysis of the Taft-Hartley Act, CIO pamphlet" online pending)
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"Steel Fights for the Nation" CIO Pamphlet, ca. 1944 79
(""Steel Fights for the Nation" CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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"Keep America at Work!" UE Pamphlet, ca. 1948 80
(""Keep America at Work!" UE Pamphlet," online pending)
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"Production for Victory" IUMM & SW, ca. 1941 81
(""Production for Victory" IUMM & SW," online pending)
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"Cobro de Cuotas... Por el Check Off" CIO Pamphlet, 1944 82
(""Cobro de Cuotas... Por el Check Off" CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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"Push Salaries UP!" UOPWA, ca. 1943 83
(""Push Salaries UP!" UOPWA," online pending)
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"The People Can Win in 1944!" UE Pamphlet, 1944 2818
(""The People Can Win in 1944!" UE Pamphlet," online pending)
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"We Took our Fight to the People" UE-CIO Pamphlet, April 1947 19
(""We Took our Fight to the People" UE-CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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"Resolutions Endorsed by Local Union 848" Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, & Paperhangers of America, September 1946 20
(""Resolutions Endorsed by Local Union 848" Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, & Paperhangers of America," online pending)
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"The Secret Ballot Tells the Story" CIO Pamphlet, ca. 1944 21
(""The Secret Ballot Tells the Story" CIO Pamphlet," online pending)
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"Farmer-Labor Teamwork" UE Pamphlet, ca. 1950s 22
(""Farmer-Labor Teamwork" UE Pamphlet," online pending)
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"A Union Policy for Insurance Workers" Lewis Merrill, ca. 1938 23
(""A Union Policy for Insurance Workers" Lewis Merrill," online pending)
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"The Inflation Racketeers" UE Pamphlet, ca. 1959 24
(""The Inflation Racketeers" UE Pamphlet," online pending)
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"The Myth about the Money the Many are Supposed to Have" UE Pamphlet 25
(""The Myth about the Money the Many are Supposed to Have" UE Pamphlet" online pending)
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UE Guide to Political Action: The People Can Win in 1944, 1944 26
("UE Guide to Political Action: The People Can Win in 1944," online pending)
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"The Facts about High Living Costs" UE Pamphlet, June 1951 27
(""The Facts about High Living Costs" UE Pamphlet," online pending)
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Industrial Worker vol. 81 no. 7, July 1984 2911
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The Dispatcher vol. 3 no. 26-27, November 1945 12
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"Support the Farmworkers, Boycott Grapes Lettuce Wine", 1970 13
(""Support the Farmworkers, Boycott Grapes Lettuce Wine"," online pending)
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Council Newsletter vo. 1 special edition, February 1952 14
("Council Newsletter vo. 1 special edition," online pending)
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American Seaman vol. 2 no. 5, April 1935 15
("American Seaman vol. 2 no. 5," online pending)
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UAW-CIO Region 6 PAC News vol. 1 no. 1, May 1954 16
("UAW-CIO Region 6 PAC News vol. 1 no. 1," online pending)
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Union Voice, Bound Volume. 32 issues total, September 1939- August 1942 17
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CIO News, vol. 8 no. 48, November 1945 18
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State Labor News vol. 2 no. 40-41, February- March 1948 19
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Mine Mill Union vol. 9, 1951 301
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Mine Mill Union vol. XI, 1952 2
("Mine Mill Union vol. XI," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XII, 1953 3
("Mine Mill Union vol. XII," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XIII, 1954 4
("Mine Mill Union vol. XIII," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XXIII, 1955 5
("Mine Mill Union vol. XXIII," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XVI, 1957 6
("Mine Mill Union vol. XVI," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XVII, 1958 7
("Mine Mill Union vol. XVII," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XVIII, 1959 8
("Mine Mill Union vol. XVIII," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XIX, 1960 311
("Mine Mill Union vol. XIX," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XX, 1961 2
("Mine Mill Union vol. XX," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XXI, 1962 3
("Mine Mill Union vol. XXI," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XXII, 1963 4
("Mine Mill Union vol. XXII," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XXIII, 1964 5
("Mine Mill Union vol. XXIII," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XXIV, 1965 6
("Mine Mill Union vol. XXIV," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XXV, 1966 7
("Mine Mill Union vol. XXV," online pending)
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Mine Mill Union vol. XXVI, 1967 8
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Labor (26 issues), Railway Union Weekly Newspaper, 1928-1944 345
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American Labor Citizen, Vol. IV No. 27, August 1943 6a
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American Labor Citizen, Vol. IV No. 31 (2 copies), September 1943 6b
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American Labor Citizen, Vol. IV No. 42, December 1943 6c
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The Lansing Sentinel, Vol. I No. 45, September 1880 353a
("The Lansing Sentinel, Vol. I No. 45," online pending)
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The Lansing Sentinel, Vol. V No. 3, November 1883 3b
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"An Essay on Labor History and the Quality of Paper" Flyer, ca. 1980 3715
(""An Essay on Labor History and the Quality of Paper" Flyer," online pending)
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Association for Union Democracy Mailing 16
("Association for Union Democracy Mailing" online pending)
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Association for Union Democracy Literature Order Form, 1981 17
("Association for Union Democracy Literature Order Form," online pending)
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Brown Lung Association Letter, ca. 1980 18
("Brown Lung Association Letter," online pending)
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"The Brown Lung Association: Fighting For the Right to Breathe" Pamphlet 19
(""The Brown Lung Association: Fighting For the Right to Breathe" Pamphlet" online pending)
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CIO Political Action Committee "What is PAC?" Flyer, ca. 1948 20
("CIO Political Action Committee "What is PAC?" Flyer," online pending)
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"What's Cooking Joe?" Booklet 21
(""What's a Cooking Joe?" Booklet" online pending)
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The CIO: What it is and what it does, 1949 22
("The CIO: What it is and what it does," online pending)
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Coal Field Defender Vol. 3 No. 4, August 1980 23
("Coal Field Defender Vol.. 3 No. 4," online pending)
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Coal Field Defender Vol. 3 No. 5, August 1980 24
("Coal Field Defender Vol.. 3 No. 5," online pending)
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"Closed Plants: Diaster for Working People and Their Communities" Pamphlet, ca. 1980 25
(""Closed Plants: Diaster for Working People and Their Communities" Pamphlet," online pending)
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Summary of Major Plant Closing Legislation Now Pending 26
("Summary of Major Plant Closing Legislation Now Pending" online pending)
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"Celebrating the Life of Fannie Sellins A Labor Heroine" Booklet, 1989 27
(""Celebrating the Life of Fannie Sellins A Labor Heroine" Booklet," online pending)
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Fannie Sellins Newspaper Clippings, September 1989 28
("Fannie Sellins Newspaper Clippings," online pending)
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"How the American Maritime Workers are Being Forced to Strike," 1946 29
(""How the American Maritime Workers are Being Forced to Strike," " online pending)
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Public Hearing Flyer, May 1981 30
("Public Hearing Flyer," online pending)
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Labor Committee for Safe Energy and Full Employment Letter, June 1981 31
("Labor Committee for Safe Energy and Full Employment Letter," online pending)
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Citizen/Labor Energy Coalition Natural Gas Price Decontrol Fact Sheet, March 1981 32
("Citizen/Labor Energy Coalition Natural Gas Price Decontrol Fact Sheet," online pending)
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Rally for Safe Jobs and Clean Air Pamphlets, May 1981 33
("Rally for Safe Jobs and Clean Air Pamphlets," online pending)
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Clean Air Flyers 34
("Clean Air Flyers" online pending)
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White Collar No. 413, April-May-June 1984 35
("White Collar No. 413," online pending)
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AFL-CIO News Vol. 29 No. 47, November 1984 36
("AFL-CIO News Vol. 29 No. 47," online pending)
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AFL-CIO News Vol. 30 No. 20, May 1985 37
("AFL-CIO News Vol. 30, No. 20" online pending)
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Public Employee Press Vol. 14 No. 2, March 1985 38
("Public Employee Press Vol. 14 No. 2, " online pending)
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Local 2599 Informer Vol. 5 No. 3, March 1981 39
("Local 2599 Informer Vol. 5 No. 3," online pending)
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Wayne State University Twenty-First Annual North American Labor History Conference Program, October 1999 40
("Wayne State University Twenty-First Annual North American Labor History Conference Program," online pending)
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"Celebrate Labor Day!" Flyer, September 1981 41
(""Celebrate Labor Day!" Flyer, " online pending)
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National Labor Law Center Mailing 42
("National Labor Law Center Mailing" online pending)
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Pennsylvania State University Department of Labor Studies Mailing, October 1986 43
("Pennsylvania State University Department of Labor Studies Mailing," online pending)
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Western Pennsylvania Committee for Wroker Health and Safety Letter 44
("Western Pennsylvania Committee for Wroker Health and Safety Letter" online pending)
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"A Call to an Area-Wide Trade Union Conference on Shutdowns and Layoffs", November 1980 45
(""A Call to an Area-Wide Trade Union Conference on Shutdowns and Layoffs"," online pending)
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Conference on Shutdowns Flyer, November 1980 46
("Conference on Shutdowns Flyer," online pending)
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Philco Company Boycott Flyer 47
("Philco Company Boycott Flyer" online pending)
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"Eastern Machinists on Strike" Flyer 48
(""Eastern Machinists on Strike" Flyer" online pending)
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Rail Labor Rally March on Washington Flyer, April 1981 49
("Rail Labor Rally March on Washington Flyer," online pending)
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AFL-CIO Organizing Institute Booklet 50
("AFL-CIO Organizing Institute Booklet" online pending)
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Americans for a Democratic Party Even Today Booklet, January 2001 51
("Americans for a Democratic Party Even Today Booklet," online pending)
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Michigan State University Faculty Associates (MSUFA), ca. 1980 52
("Michigan State University Faculty Associates (MSUFA), " online pending)
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"No Friend of Labor" by James Morton Freeman, 1948 53
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Pennsylvania Labor History Society Notes Vol. 5 No. 1, October 1982 54
("Pennsylvania Labor History Society Notes Vol. 5 No. 1," online pending)
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Pennsylvania Labor History Society Notes Vol. 8 No. 1 55
("Pennsylvania Labor History Society Notes Vol. 8 No. 1" online pending)
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Pennsylvania Labor History Society Confernece Minutes, September 26, 1986 56
("Pennsylvania Labor History Society Confernece Minutes," online pending)
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Pennsylvania Labor History Society Supporter Letter, March 10, 1987 57
("Pennsylvania Labor History Society Supporter Letter," online pending)
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"The Rights We Fight For", 1944 58
(""The Rights We Fight For"," online pending)
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Tipple Talk: A Newsletter of the Coal Miners Research Association, December 1980 59
("Tipple Talk: A Newsletter of the Coal Miners Research Association" online pending)
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Tri-State Conference on Steel Counter Annual Report, ca. 1980-1981 60
("Tri-State Conference on Steel Counter Annual Report, " online pending)
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Tri-State Conference on Steel Directions, June 15, 1981 61
("Tri-State Conference on Steel Directions," online pending)
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Committee to Re-elect Paul Lewis Flyers, 1981 62
("Committee to Re-elect Paul Lewis Flyers," online pending)
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"Demonstrate - U.S. Steel Stockholder's Meeting" 63
(""Demonstrate - U.S. Steel Stockholder's Meeting"" online pending)
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"Your Dues" United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) Booklet, 1968 64
(""Your Dues" United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) Booklet," online pending)
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FE-UE Flyer 65
("FE-UE Flyer" online pending)
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"The People Must Act to Heal America's Wounds" Pamphet, December 2, 1963 66
(""The People Must Act to Heal America's Wounds" Pamphlet," online pending)
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"The People Voted for Action" 67
(""The People Voted for Action"" online pending)
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"Monday is Now the Night to Hear...UE on the Air With Arthur Gaeth" 68
(""Monday is Now the Night to Hear...UE on the Air With Arthur Gaeth"" online pending)
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"Vets Can't Eat Medals" UE Program of Veterans 69
(""Vets Can't Eat Medals" UE Program of Veterans" online pending)
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"Let's Come Out Fighting" by Henry A. Wallace, September 22, 1947 70
(""Let's Come Out Fighting" by Henry A. Wallace, " online pending)
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"Your Vote Decides" Pamphlet 71
(""Your Vote Decides" Pamphlet" online pending)
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"What Do You Read?", July 1948 72
(""What Do You Read?"," online pending)
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"Organizing for Security" Pamphlet 73
(""Organizing for Security" Pamphlet" online pending)
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"Barry Goldwater...How he Voted on Vital Issues During his Eleven Years in the Senate..." Pamphlet 74
(""Barry Goldwater...How he Voted on Vital Issues During his Eleven Years in the Senate..." Pamphlet" online pending)
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"Mill Town by Bill Cahn: A Book You Will Never Forget!" Booklet 75
(""Mill Town by Bill Cahn: A Book You Will Never Forget!" Booklet" online pending)
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UE Catalogue of Publications and Publicity Services 76
("UE Catalogue of Publications and Publicity Services" online pending)
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"Fighting Back with P.A.C." 77
(""Fighting Back with P.A.C."" online pending)
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UE Convention Proceedings, 1952 78
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"People in Action!" Pamphlet 79
(""People in Action!" Pamphlet" online pending)
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UE Roosevelt Memorial Broadcast 80
("UE Roosevelt Memorial Broadcast" online pending)
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"UE-CIO Looks at FDR" Booklet, July 1944 81
(""UE-CIO Looks at FDR" Booklet, " online pending)
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"UE Acts Against Raiding and Dictatorship in the CIO!" Booklet 82
(""UE Acts Against Raiding and Dictatorship in the CIO!" Booklet" online pending)
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"Sing!" UE Seventh Convention Songbook 83
(""Sing!" UE Seventh Convention Songbook" online pending)
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"He Had Enough! - Westinghouse IUE Leader Returns to UE" Booklet 84
(""He Had Enough! - Westinghouse IUE Leader Returns to UE" Booklet" online pending)
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"Could you call THIS 'a great union'?" 85
(""Could you call THIS 'a great union'?"" online pending)
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"Chug-Chug: A Children's Story for the Whole Feamily" UE Booklet, September 1947 86
(""Chug-Chug: A Children's Story for the Whole Feamily" UE Booklet," online pending)
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"UE: The Union With a Difference You Can Feel!" 87
(""UE: The Union With a Difference You Can Feel!" " online pending)
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UE Constitution and By-Laws, December 1, 1949 88
("UE Constitution and By-Laws," online pending)
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UE Shop Steward Guide 89
("UE Shop Steward Guide" online pending)
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"Don't Buy!" Pamphet 90
(""Don't Buy!" Pamphet" online pending)
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"Keep America at Work!" Booklet 91
(""Keep America at Work!" Booklet" online pending)
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"Defeat Anti-Labor Politicians in '54" Politcal Action Drive Booklet 92
(""Defeat Anti-Labor Politicians in '54" Politcal Action Drive Booklet" online pending)
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"The Old Shell Game" Pamphlet 93
(""The Old Shell Game" Pamphlet" online pending)
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"Workers Need a Wage Increase" Pamphlet 94
(""Workers Need a Wage Increase" Pamphlet" online pending)
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"Speed-Up!" Pamphlet 95
(""Speed-Up!" Pamphlet" online pending)
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"Workers Prefer UE" Pamphlet 96
(""Workers Prefer UE" Pamphlet" online pending)
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"Side by Side..." Booklet 97
(""Side by Side..." Booklet" online pending)
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"Teamwork Among the Unions of the World" Booklet 98
(""Teamwork Among the Unions of the World" Booklet" online pending)
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"What a Good Boy Am I" Pamphlet 99
(""What a Good Boy Am I" Pamphlet" online pending)
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"Why Restore the Wagner Act?" Pamphlet, December 13, 1948 100
(""Why Restore the Wagner Act?" Pamphlet," online pending)
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"Farmer - Labor Teamwork" Booklet 101
(""Farmer - Labor Teamwork" Booklet" online pending)
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"Profits Up, Prices Up" Pamphlet 102
(""Profits Up, Prices Up" Pamphlet" online pending)
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"How UE Can Help You Win a More Secure Future!" Pamphlet 103
(""How UE Can Help You Win a More Secure Future!" Pamphlet" online pending)
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"You and Your New Job" Pamplet 104
(""You and Your New Job" Pamplet" online pending)
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"Your Stake in a UE Harvester Victory" Pamphlet, 105
(""Your Stake in a UE Harvester Victory" Pamphlet," online pending)
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UE Steward Vol. 5 No. 8, August, 1952 106
("UE Steward Vol. 5 No. 8," online pending)
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"Let's Look at the Record! Your Paid Holidays, Vacations and Overtime" 107
(""Let's Look at the Record! Your Paid Holidays, Vacations and Overtime"" online pending)
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"UE - The Union for GE Lamp Workers!" 108
(""UE - The Union for GE Lamp Workers!" " online pending)
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"UE - A Message From GE Workers in Conneaut to GE Workers in Providence" 109
(""UE - A Message From GE Workers in Conneaut to GE Workers in Providence"" online pending)
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"Frame-up! Weapon of Employers to Break Unions...." 110
(""Frame-up! Weapon of Employers to Break Unions...."" online pending)
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"Sing Out! UE Songs for Union Folks..." 111
(""Sing Out! UE Songs for Union Folks..."" online pending)
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UE Policy Booklet, 1958-1959 112
("UE Policy Booklet," online pending)
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"FE-UE Exposes UAW's 'Share the Misery' Plan for Harvester Workers" 113
(""FE-UE Exposes UAW's 'Share the Misery' Plan for Harvester Workers"" online pending)
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"A Message From UE Local 601. East Pittsburgh to All Westinghouse Workers...." 114
(""A Message From UE Local 601. East Pittsburgh to All Westinghouse Workers...."" online pending)
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"UE - One Union, One Contrct" Flyer 115
(""UE - One Union, One Contrct" Flyer" online pending)
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"Men's Business Too-" 116
(""Men's Business Too-"" online pending)
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"'UE Has Really Delivered the Goods!' UE For Women Workers!" 117
(""'UE Has Really Delivered the Goods!' UE For Women Workers!"" online pending)
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"An Important Message to All Westinghouse Women Workers" Pamphlet, 118
(""An Important Message to All Westinghouse Women Workers" Pamphlet," online pending)
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"UE 2nd National Conference on Problems of Working House" Pamphlet, May 15-16, 1954 119
(""UE 2nd National Conference on Problems of Working House"," online pending)
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"Third National Conference on Problems of Working Women" Booklet, May 14-15, 1955 120
(""Third National Conference on Problems of Working Women" Booklet," online pending)
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"UE Fights for Women Workers" Booklet, June 1952 121
(""UE Fights for Women Workers" Booklet," online pending)
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"UE Women Speak Out!" 122
(""UE Women Speak Out!" " online pending)
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United Mine Workers Journal Vol. XXV, No. 16, August 26, 1915 123
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United Mine Workers Journal 94th Year, No. 8, October - November 1983 124
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United Mine Workers Journal 95th Year, No. 10, October 1984 125
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United Mine Workers Journal 95th Year, No. 11, November 1984 126
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United Mine Workers Journal 95th Year, No. 12, December 1984, 127
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United Mine Workers Journal 96th Year, No. 2, February 1985 128
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United Mine Workers Journal 96th Year, No. 3, March 1985 129
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United Mine Workers Journal 96th Year, No. 5, June 1985 130
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United Mine Workers Journal 96th Year, No. 6, July 1985 131
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United Mine Workers Journal 96th Year, No. 7, August 1985 132
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United Mine Workers Journal 97th Year, No. 3, March 1986 133
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United Mine Workers Journal 97th Year, No. 8, August 1986, 134
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United Mine Workers Journal 98th Year, No. 7, July 1987 135
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United Mine Workers Journal 98th Year, No. 10, October 1987 136
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United Mine Workers Journal 99th Year, No. 5, May 1988 137
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United Mine Workers Journal 99th Year, No. 6, June 1988 138
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"Join us!" Worker's Education Local 189, ca. 1979 139
(""Join us!" Worker's Education Local 189," online pending)
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Union Town: A Labor History Guide to Detroit 140
("Union Town: A Labor History Guide to Detroit" online pending)
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"United Steelworkers of America 1397 Rank and File, Local Issues", 1980 141
(""United Steelworkers of America 1397 Rank and File, Local Issues"," online pending)
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"Brothers and Sisters of Local #1397" Flyer 142
(""Brothers and Sisters of Local #1397" Flyer" online pending)
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1397 Rank & Rile Labor Day Edition, September 1980 143
("1397 Rank & Rile Labor Day Edition," online pending)
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1397 Rank & Rile Labor Day Edition, September 1981 144
("1397 Rank & Rile Labor Day Edition," online pending)
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Harrisburg Anti-Nuclear Demonstration Letter, October 17, 1980 145
("Harrisburg Anti-Nuclear Demonstration Letter," online pending)
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"Maine Antinuke Activists Arrested" Article, October 15, 1980 146
(""Maine Antinuke Activists Arrested" Article," online pending)
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National Labor Conference for Safe Energy and Full Employment, October 16, 1980 147
("National Labor Conference for Safe Energy and Full Employment," online pending)
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Labor Committee for Safe Energy & Full Employment, April 14, 1981 148
("Labor Committee for Safe Energy & Full Employment," online pending)
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"Labor Groups Stress Energy Alternatives at Harrisburg Rally" Article, March 29, 1981 149
(""Labor Groups Stress Energy Alternatives at Harrisburg Rally" Article," online pending)
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The New York Times Three Mile Island Articles, March 29, 1981 150
("The New York Times Three Mile Island Articles," online pending)
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"Call to a National Labor Conference for Safe Energy & Full Employment" Flyer, 151
(""Call to a National Labor Conference for Safe Energy & Full Employment" Flyer," online pending)
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First Labor Antinuclear March News Release, January 28, 1981 152
("First Labor Antinuclear March News Release," online pending)
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Greater Harrisburg Area Labor Committee for Safe Energy & Full Employment Letter, December 28, 1980 153
("Greater Harrisburg Area Labor Committee for Safe Energy & Full Employment Letter," online pending)
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Next Meeting Labor Committee for Safe Energy and Full Employment Letters, 1980-1981 154
("Next Meeting Labor Committee for Safe Energy and Full Employment Letters," online pending)
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March on Harrisburg Flyer, March 28, 1981 155
("March on Harrisburg Flyer," online pending)
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Harrisburg March and Rally Letter, January 26, 1981 156
("Harrisburg March and Rally Letter," online pending)
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Coalition of Labor Union Women Resolutions Approved, October 10-12, 1980 157
("Coalition of Labor Union Women Resolutions Approved," online pending)
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March on Harrisburg Booklet, March 28, 1981 158
("March on Harrisburg Booklet," online pending)
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Educational Conference on Safe Energy & Jobs Mailing, January 17, 1981 159
("Educational Conference on Safe Energy & Jobs Mailing," online pending)

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Series  XI. Leftist Organizations Thought in Relation to the Rest of the World and U.S. Economics/Imperialism 

Scope and Content Notes

Although they organized nationally based political parties, all of the Marxist parties considered themselves internationalists rather than nationalists. The SPUSA expressed this internationalism through its affiliation with the Socialist Second International. For the CPUSA its affiliation with the Communist Third International was even more fundamental to Party identity because the Comintern functioned in part as a franchising organization. The right of revolutionary activists anywhere in the world to call themselves Communist was contingent on their willingness to follow the discipline and policies of the Comintern. Therefore, not surprisingly both the SPUSA and the CPUSA paid close attention to events in many parts of the world and frequently circulated radical publications and pamphlets from other countries. Although New left organizations did not formally affiliate with bodies like the Second and Third Internationals, because the Vietnam War and more broadly Third World Revolution fundamentally shaped the New Left, New Left publications also addressed a wide range of international concerns and global issues.

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What are we doing in the Congo?, By Dr. Hyman Lumer, February, 1965 686
Online
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On Events in Czechoslovakia, Facts, Documents, Press Reports and Eye-Witness Accounts, 1968 87
Online
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76 Questions and Answers on the Bolsheviks and the Soviets, By Albert Rhys Williams 88
Online
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Freedom, Peace and Bread!, The Activities of the Executive Committee of the Communist International, Report by Wilhelm Pieck, October, 1935 89
Online
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Capitalist Stabilization Has Ended, Thesis and Resolutions of the Twelfth Plenum of the Executive Committee of the Communist International, September, 1932 90
Online
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Medical Relief Bulletin, Published by The Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy 91
Online
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The Social and State Structure of the U.S.S.R., By V. Karpinsky 1952 92
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Toward a Land of Plenty, By A.I. Mikoyan, 1936 93
Online
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The Camp of Socialism and the Camp of Capitalism, By A.I. Mikoyan, 1952 94
Online
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Discurso Pronunciado En El XX Congreso Del P.C.U.S., By A.I. Mikoian, 1956 95
Online
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Soviet Economy, Twelve Questions Answered By P.S. Mstislavsky, November, 1962 96
Online
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The Struggle Against Imperialist War and the Tasks of the Communists, Resolution of the VI World Congress of the Communist International July-August, 1928, March, 1932 97
Online
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Turning Point in China, By Mao Tse-Tung, April, 1948 98
Online
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Whence the Differences?, A Reply to Thorez and Other Comrades, 1963 99
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Long Live the Victory of the People's War!, In Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Victory in the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japan, By Lin Pao, 1965 100
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Indo-China and World Peace, By Richard Walker, June, 1954 101
Online
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Report on the War in Indo-China, By Nicholas Read-Collins 102
Online
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For World Peace and Freedom, A Survey of the Twenty-Five Years of Soviet International Policy, By Alexander A. Troyanovsky 103
Online
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Continuous Working Week in the Soviet Union 104
Online
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Marx, Engels and Lenin on Ireland, By Ralph Fox, 1940 105
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Japan's Drive for Conquest, By Grace Hutchins, 1935 106
Online
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Terror in Kenya, The Facts Behind the Present Crisis, December, 1952 107
Online
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Der Tag Begann..., Freiheit und Unabhangigkeit fur alle Volker 108
Online
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From the February Revolution to the October Revolution 1917, By A.F. Ilyin-Genevsky, 1931 109
Online
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The Next Step In Britain, America and Ireland, Speeches and Reports By Gusev, Pollitt, Troy and Pringle 110
Online
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Professionals in a Soviet America, By Edward Magnus, November, 1935 111
Online
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The Telephone and Telegraph Workers, By Hy Kravif, 1935 112
Online
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This is America, By Derek Kartun, 1947 71
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"Burning Cards and Flaming Villages", By James E. Jackson 2
Online
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Soviet Impressions, After an Interval of Eighteen Years, 1932-1950, By Dr. John A. Kingsbury 3
Online
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What Russia Did for Victory, By Sergei Kournakoff, October, 1945 4
Online
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Anti-Soviet Sabotage Exposed, By G.M. Krzhyzhanovsky 5
Online
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The Twenty-One Conditions of Admission Into the Communist International, By O. Piatnitsky, February, 1934 6
Online
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Communism in Latin America, A Report on Power Politics, By Stanley Ross, 1947 7
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The Communist Party of France Manifesto 8
Online
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Les Conditions de la Grandeur Francais, January, 1959 9
Online
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L'Aggravation de la Situation Economique et Sociale et les Solutions Proposees par le Parti Communiste, January, 1959 10
Online
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La Lutte Pour la Restauration et la Renovation de la Democratie, January, 1959 11
Online
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Grasp the Weapon of Culture!, By V.J. Jerome, 1951 12
Online
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Do You Know Thaelmann?, By Henri Barbusse, June, 1934 13
Online
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The Revolutionary Crisis of 1918-1921 in Germany, England, Italy and France, By William Foster 14
Online
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Anti-Fascist Italy Speaks for a Government of Peace and Freedom in Italy!, Appeal of the "Italian National Front" at the Underground Conference in Milan, December, 1942 15
Online
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The Second International in Dissolution, By Bela Kun 16
Online
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15 Years of the Communist International 17
Online
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Our Ally The Soviet Union, By Robert Minor, January, 1942 18
Online
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Socialism Marches On in the Soviet Union, By James B. Turner, 1937 19
Online
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One War To Defeat Hitler, By Robert Minor, November, 1941 20
Online
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Japan Wars on the U.S.A., By Grace Hutchins, December, 1941 21
Online
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The Soviet Law On Marriage, 1933 22
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The Assassination of Kirov, Proletarian Justice Versus White-Guard Terror, By M. Katz, February, 1935 23
Online
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Wyndham Mortimer Meets The Soviet Auto Workers 24
Online
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25 Years of Soviet Power, By Emelyan Yaroslavsky 25
Online
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The National Question in the Soviet Union, By M. Chekalin, June, 1941 26
Online
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The Red Army, June, 1934 27
Online
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Russian Women in the Building of Socialism, By Anna Razumova 28
Online
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The USSR Today, 50 Years of Socialism, By George Morris, January, 1967 29
Online
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The USSR and Finland, Historical, Economic, Political Facts and Documents, 1939 30
Online
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A History of Soviet Foreign Policy, By M. Ross, December, 1940 31
Online
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The Revolt on the Armoured Cruiser "Potemkin", By A. Kanatchikov 32
Online
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The Communists and the Liberation of Europe, By Maxine Levi, March, 1945 33
Online
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Book Publishing Under Tzarism, By M.S. Kedrov, 1932 34
Online
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The Individual in Soviet Law, By Leon Josephson, 1957 35
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At the Moscow Trial, By D.N. Pritt, K.C., M.P., 1937 36
Online
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Russia and the United States in War & Peace, By Daniel Howard, 1943 37
Online
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Espionage, Foreign Secret Service Recruiting Methods Against the Soviet Union, By S. Uranov, July, 1937 38
Online
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What About Russia?, An Honest Reply to Honest Questions, By Anna Louise Strong 39
Online
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What I Saw In The Soviet Union Today, By George Morris, August, 1959 40
Online
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A Tale of Two Workers, By David Englestein and Carl Hirsch, July, 1949 41
Online
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The Road to Woman's Freedom, By K. Kirsanova, January, 1935 42
Online
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Mita Sosialifascismi, Sen Historiallinen ja Teoreettinen Tausta, By Earl Browder, 1934 43
Online
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Soviet Woman, A Citizen With Equal Rights, By N. K. Krupskaya, 1937 44
Online
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Russia Our Ally, By A. Keesing 45
Online
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Protection of Motherhood and Childhood in the Soviet Union, 1933 46
Online
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New Aspects of Imperialism (2), By Peter Wieden, April, 1941 47
Online
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War in Africa, Italian Fascism Prepares to Enslave Ethiopia, By James W. Ford and Harry Gannes, June, 1935 48
Online
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This Is Our Enemy, By Peter Wieden, March, 1943 49
Online
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Spain Defends Democracy, August, 1936 50
Online
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"Speech by Harold L. Ickes Secretary of the Interior To the 2nd American Slav Congress", 1944 51
Online
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Assorted American Congress/League for Peace and Democracy Documents 52
Online
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"Draft Program and Purpose for 1939 As Submitted by the Executive Board to the National Congress", December 20, 1938 53
Online
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"How Cuba Uprooted Race Discrimination", By Harry Ring, June, 1961 54
Online
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"Italy Under Fascism", Its Economic, Political and Moral Aspects, Discussed By Professor Gaetano Salvemini and Professor Bruno Roselli, February, 1927 55
Online
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"The Fate of Trade Unions Under Fascism", By Francis J. Gorman, Alfons Goldschmidt, and Gaetano Salvemini, April, 1937 56
Online
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"Geography of Korea", By V.T. Zaichikov, 1952 57
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"300 Million Slaves and Serfs", Labor Under the Fascist New Economic Order, By Jurgen Kuczynski, 1943 58
Online
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"American Economic Imperialism", A Survey of the Literature, By William Caspary 59
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"The Austrian Civil War", By James O'Neal 60
Online
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"What is the Five Year Plan?", Building Up Socialism 61
Online
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"Primera Conferencia Sindical Mundial de la Juventud Trabajadora", 1958 62
Online
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"Tito's Plot Against Europe", The Story of the Rajk Conspiracy in Hungary, By Derek Kartun, 1950 63
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"The Counter-Revolutionary Forces in the October Events in Hungary" 64
Online
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"Who Fights for a Free Cuba?", By Martin Kaye and Louise Perry 65
"Who Fights for a Free Cuba?", By Martin Kaye and Louise Perry
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"What Next in France?", By Maurice Thorez, November, 1948 66
Online
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"The Epic of the Black Sea Revolt", By Andre Marty, March, 1941 67
Online
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"The Unity of the French Nation", By Maurice Thorez, 1936 68
Online
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"Le Front Populaire C'est la Guerre", June, 1937 69
Online
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"Cinq Ans de Dictature Hitlerienne", By N. Marceau, 1938 70
Online
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"French Miners Say", 1953 71
Online
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"How France Was Betrayed", By Andre Marty, May, 1941 72
Online
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"Where France Begins", What I Saw In Algiers, By Frank Pitcairn 73
Online
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"L'Heure de la France a Sonne", By Andre Marty, 1943 74
Online
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Pour la Veritable Grandeur Francaise, "La Lutte Pour L'Union des Forces Democratiques et Nationales", January, 1959 75
Online
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"Juifs Russes", Le Bund et le Sionisme, Un Voyage D'Etudes 76
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"Pour L'Ecole de Peuple", By G. Cogniot 77
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"Les Francs-Tireurs et Partisans Francais", By Fernand Grenier, 1944 78
Online
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"Des Jeunes Qui Servent L'Interet de la France", January, 1959 79
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"The Truth About Korea" 80
Online
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"The Crisis in India", By James S. Allen, September, 1942 81
Online
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"Hands-Off Guatemala!" 82
Online
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"The Struggle for Liberation in Brazil", By Luis Carlos Prestes June, 1936 83
Online
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"Brazil", By Bryan Green, 1937 84
Online
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"Formosa", Fact and Fiction, By John W. Powell 85
Online
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"The Economics of Barbarism", Hitler's New Economic Order in Europe, By J. Kuczynski and M. Witt, 1942 86
Online
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"Ernst Thaelmann", The Leader of the German Workers, By R. Groetz, July, 1934 87
Online
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"El Salvador: Is There No Limit to U.S. Lies?", February 27, 1981 88
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NACLA's Latin America & Empire Report, "Women's Labor, Also: Women in Chile", September, 1975 89
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"El Salvador" 90
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"Soviet Democracy and the War", By William Z. Foster, December, 1943 91
Online
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"Haiti Faces Tomorrow's Peace", By Max L. Hudicourt 92
Online
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"Youth in the World War", By V. Motyleva 93
Online
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"Vietnamese Intellectuals Against U.S. Aggression", 1966 94
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"The Truth About Anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union", By Tom O'Connor 95
Online
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"Soviet 'Anti-Semitism' - The Big Lie!", By Moses Miller 96
Online
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"Religion Today in the U.S.S.R.", By Rev. William Howard Melish 97
Online
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Crisis in the Middle East, "Which Way Israel?", By A.B. Magil, February, 1956 98
Online
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"A Churchman Examines American-Soviet Relations", By Rev. William Howard Melish 99
Online
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"We Were There", A Report on the World Jewish Conference Against German Rearmament, June 18-19, 1955, Paris, France, October, 1955 100
Online
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Dissent, A Culture in Torment, "The Plight of the Jews in the Soviet Union", By David W. Weiss July-August, 1966 101
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Assorted "Informacion Italiana" Publications, 1944-1945 1423
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"Eight Hour Work Day" August Walquist, 1908 241
(""Eight Hour Work Day" August Walquist," online pending)
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"Some Basic Facts About China" Supplement, January 1974 2
(""Some Basic Facts About China" Supplement," online pending)
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"For the Unity of the International Communist Movement" pamphlet, 1963 3
(""For the Unity of the International Communist Movement" pamphlet," online pending)
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IWW Songbook, 1984 4
("IWW Songbook," online pending)
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Program of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1961 5
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"A Quotation from Chairman Mao" Supplement to 1971 China Pictorial, 1971 321
(""A Quotation from Chairman Mao" Supplement to 1971 China Pictorial," online pending)
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"Solidarity with the People of Corea" Cuban OSPAAL Poster 343
(""Solidarity with the People of Corea" Cuban OSPAAL Poster" online pending)
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"La Guinee" OSPAAL Poster 4
(""La Guinee" OSPAAL Poster" online pending)

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Series  XII. New Left Organizations 

Scope and Content Notes

In contrast to the Old Left, the New Left did not feature tightly knit organizations with bureaucratic structures, disciplined policy formation, strategic planning, or even something as simple as formal membership lists. Instead “the Movement,” as participants frequently called it, consisted of a wildly fluctuating body of free-floating activists united by a common political style and sensibility. This section of the American Left Ephemera collection includes ephemera produced by a broad range of single issue organizations, short-lived local organizing committees, ad hoc groups, and underground newspapers. Also included here are publications of the Radical Education Project, a New Left publishing cooperative—loosely affiliated with SDS-- located in Ann Arbor and later Detroit, Michigan; and portions of the National Guardian, an Old Left newspaper founded by fellow travelers in 1948 that made a transition to New Left orientation in the 1960s.

See also SDS, SPU, Vietnam,Feminism

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"Patching Up the Movement", A First Aid Manual, By Linda Borenstein, John Johansson and Richard Winklestern 7102
Online
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"The Meaning of Economic Imperialism", By James O'Connor 103
Online
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"Stock Ownership and the Control of Corporations", By Don Villarejo 104
Online
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"I'd Rather Vote for Something I Want...", A Brief Introduction to the Human Rights Party Pamphlet 105
Online
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"The Other Israel", A Critique of Zionist History and Policy, By the Israeli Socialist Organization (MATZPEN) 106
Online
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"Free Lee Thomas & the Lansing 7" Flyer 107
Online
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"The Chairman!", Classwar Comix 108
Online
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"The People's Party" Flyer 109
Online
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"Rostow's Stages of Economic Growth through Escalation to Nuclear Destruction", By Andre Gunder Frank 110
Online
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"The Human Rights Party, Ann Arbor City Council Record" Pamphlet 111
Online
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Assorted Letterheads (5) for Various Leftist Groups 112
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Monthly Planet, October 3, 1969 113
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Assorted Papers (3) from the Peace and Freedom Club, 1968 114
Online
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CNVA Bulletin, May 3, 1962 115
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Spring Movement, April 8, 1971 116
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"How to Research Your Own Hometown", By Robert K. Lamb 117
Online
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"The Decline of American Radicalism in the Twentieth Century", By Gabriel Kolko 118
Online
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Philadelphia Free Press (2), September 15, 1969 and December 15, 1970 119
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"The Earth Belongs to the People", Ecology & Power, 1970 120
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"San Diego Convention Coalition", 1972 121
Online
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"Genetic Engineering", Science and Society Series, November, 1973 122
Online
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Issue!, April 15, 1968 123
Online
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34th Street, October 11, 1966 124
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"The Struggle Inside" 125
Online
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"Basis of Unity for the Campus Anti-Imperialist Coalition" 126
Online
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"New Left May Day Manifesto", 1967 127
Online
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"On University Neutrality" May, 1970 128
Online
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"Suggestions for RSU Structure and Committees for Fall Quarter" 129
Online
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"Where It's At", A Research Guide for Community Organizing, By Jill Hamberg, 1967 130
Online
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Flyer for a Benefit Concert for Senator George McGovern 131
Online
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"Trashman the Avenger" Comic 132
Online
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"Call to Public Vigil and Witness" Flyer, November 1965 133
Online
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"Davin City Council" Flyer 134
Online
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"Guess Who's Coming to Palo Alto?" Flyer, April 8 1972 135
Online
  Folder
The Sewer, V.1, N.1, May 3 1967 136
Online
  Folder
The Sewer: The Van Nuys Underground V. IV, N, 5, 1969 137
Online
  Folder
Invitation letter to 23rd Testimonial Dinner of the Los Angeles Committee for the Defense of the Bill of Rights, November 8 1973 138
Online
  Folder
"Yeah A Look at the White Problem" Pamphlet, December 1963 139
Online
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"Who Makes the Violence? a forum on Police-Citizen Confrontation" Flyer, September 15 1968 81
Online
  Folder
"Don't Shop at Hudsons Boycott Farrah Pants" Flyer, December 1973 2
"Don't Shop at Hudsons Boycott Farrah Pants" Flyer,
  Folder
An Open Letter to President Kennedy, November 16 1961 3
Online
  Folder
"The Youth Peace Corps and the Cold War" Memo, 1961 4
Online
  Folder
"The Pacifist Ethic and Humanism" Pamphlet, ca. 1961 5
Online
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The Spectacle - Vol. 1 No. 1-Vol. 3 No. 4, March 1974-January 1976 6-19
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The New Liberator, March 16 1962 1424
Online
  Folder
The New Liberator, June 7 1962 25
Online
  Folder
"No More Broken Treaties" Flyer 26
Online
  Folder
La Wisp (3), May-June, 1969 and October, 1969 27
Online
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Freedom is a Constant Struggle--Defend Victims of Racism and Repression 28
Online
  Folder
Outcry from Occupied Berkeley 29
Online
  Folder
Anti-Imperialist Peoples' Communique June 19th, 1972 30
Online
  Folder
"Balls The Ungarbled Word", 1968 31
Online
  Folder
"Resistance At Penn" Flyer, April 11 1967 32
Online
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The Two Souls Of Socialism, by Hal Draper, 1966 33
Online
  Folder
People Against Rizzo Newsletter, 1971 34
Online
  Folder
General Meeting Campus Anti-Imperialist Coalition Flyer, March 1 1972 35
Online
  Folder
Peace, Freedom, Jobs Flyer, March 28 1970 36
Online
  Folder
California-Berkeley Bail Bucket Flyer 37
Online
  BoxFolder
The Realist. 8 Issues: 23, 27, 30, 41,47,48,54,57, 1961-1965 246
  Folder
The Realist. 8 issues: 58, 61-67, 1965-1966 7
  Folder
"Mother Jones", August 1977 8
  Folder
"New West Magazine", November 1966 9
  Folder
"Wanted: Sam I. Hayakawa" Flyer, ca. 1968 10
(""Wanted: Sam I. Hayakawa" Flyer," online pending)
  Folder
Redwood Bark: Underground Newspaper, October 1968 11
("Redwood Bark: Underground Newspaper," online pending)
  Folder
Mill Hunk Herald. 6 Issues, 1981-1984 12
  Folder
"The Organizer's Manual" The O.M. Collective, 1971 13
  Folder
"Ramparts: A Muckraker's Guide to 1968 & other horrors", 1968 14
  Folder
The Organizer vol. 1 no. 4, 1974 15
("The Organizer vol. 1 no. 4," online pending)
  Folder
"Vote Today and Tomorrow for Creative Change" Flyer, December 1969 16
(""Vote Today and Tomorrow for Creative Change" Flyer," online pending)
  Folder
Green Quarterly, 1971 17
("Green Quarterly," online pending)
  Folder
Evergreen Review no. 36, June 1965 18
  Folder
Liberation, October 1969 19
  Folder
Ramparts, April 1969 20
  Folder
Monthly Review Press catalogue, Fall 1969 21
("Monthly Review Press catalogue," online pending)
  Folder
Trip vol. II no. 2 underground newspaper, October 1969 22
("Trip vol. II no. 2 underground newspaper," online pending)
  Folder
Fokal Points, Bill Wolff, 1962 23
("Fokal Points, Bill Wolff," online pending)
  Folder
"You Can Do Better Than This", 1967 24
(""You Can Do Better Than This"," online pending)
  Folder
"On Poland" Ed Spira, October 1981 25
(""On Poland" Ed Spira," online pending)
  Folder
"The Student as Nigger" Jerry Farber 26
(""The Student as Nigger" Jerry Farber" online pending)
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Posters for Political Events at Yale University (5 items), ca. 1970 322
("Posters for Political Events at Yale University (5 items)," online pending)
  Folder
Yale University Event Posters, 1970-1976 3
("Yale University Event Posters," online pending)
  Folder
Other Yale University Events (32 items), 1969-1979 4
  Folder
Call Citizen's Alert (2 Copies), 1969 5
("Call Citizen's Alert (2 Copies)," online pending)
  Folder
From Out of Sherwood Forest vol 8 no. 23: Underground Newspaper, November 1969 6
("From Out of Sherwood Forest vol 8 no. 23: Underground Newspaper," online pending)
  Folder
"Joints for Justice", October 1967 7
(""Joints for Justice"," online pending)
  Folder
Peace & Freedom Party is What's Happening 8
("Peace & Freedom Party is What's Happening" online pending)
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"Holding Together" Berkeley Counter Culture Poster, ca. 1970 347
(""Holding Together" Berkeley Counter Culture Poster," online pending)
  Folder
"Action" Poster, 1968 8
(""Action" Poster," online pending)
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Synanon Street Fair Poster, 1969 354
("Synanon Street Fair Poster," online pending)
  Folder
Anti-Lyndon B Johnson Poster 5
("Anti-Lyndon B Johnson Poster" online pending)
  Folder
William Wegee Poster, 1967 6
  Folder
Anti-Gerald Ford Poster 7
("Anti-Gerald Ford Poster" online pending)
  Folder
Arrested Protestor Poster 8
("Arrested Protestor Poster" online pending)
  Folder
"I'd Rather be Dead than Red" Poster, ca. 1970s 9
  Folder
Anti-Agnew Bob Dara Posters 10
("Anti-Agnew Bob Dara Posters" online pending)
  Folder
"Berkeley in the Sixties" Film Poster, 1990 11
  Folder
"Freedom for Political Prisoners" Wilfred Owen Brigade, September 1976 12
(""Freedom for Political Prisoners" Wilfred Owen Brigade," online pending)
  Folder
Other William Wegee Poster, 1976 13
  Folder
"Yes Master, No Master" Poster 14
(""Yes Master, No Master" Poster" online pending)
  Folder
"Chicken Little was Right", 1969 15
  Folder
Resist! Concert Poster, 1988 16
  Folder
"America $$$$" Day Glo Poster, 1970 17
  Folder
"Burned Bank" Poster, ca. 1970 25
  Folder
Anti-LBJ Posters, 1968 27
  Folder
Mao Poster, ca. 1960s 28
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City Times Vol. 1, No. 6, March 1982 37160
("City Times Vol. 1, No. 6," online pending)
  Folder
City Times Number 8, Winter 1982 161
("City Times Number 8," online pending)
  Folder
Pittburgh Fair Witness Vol. 2, No. 10, August-September 1971 162
("Pittburgh Fair Witness Vol. 2, No. 10," online pending)
  Folder
Science and Society, Summer 1987 163
  Folder
"The Movement and the Workers," March 1969 164
(""The Movement and the Workers,"" online pending)

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Series  XIII. Other Radical/Leftist Organizations 

Scope and Content Notes

Basically this section of the collection is catch all for a variety of material does not fit obviously into other categories or includes too few items to merit an entire section of its own.

  BoxFolder
"The Demands of Democracy", By Eugene J. McCarthy 820
Online
  Folder
"Four More Nixon Years?" Pamphlet 21
Online
  Folder
The Southern Patriot, November, 1958 22
Online
  Folder
The Southern Patriot, December, 1976 23
Online
  Folder
"Impeach Nixon No Deals, Force Congress to Impeach Nixon" 24
Online
  Folder
"The Whole World is Watching! Inauguration Day '69" Flyer, 1969 25
Online
  Folder
Letter from George McGovern 26
Online
  Folder
"Exploring Nonviolent Action", A Guide to Research, By George Lakey, April, 1970 27
Online
  Folder
"Monthly Review Press", Spring 1969, 1969 28
Online
  Folder
"Hugh Hardyman 1902-1960" 29
Online
  Folder
Flyer for the Peace and Freedom Party Nominee for Lieutenant Governor, Clyde Kuhn, 1986 30
Online
  Folder
"Poverty Amidst Plenty", A Scientific Anachronism 31
Online
  Folder
"For a Labor Party in Connecticut" 32
Online
  Folder
The American Progress, November 9, 1933 33
  Folder
"The A.F.T. Strike Continues!!", Policy on the First Week of the Semester 34
Online
  Folder
"Building Economic Alternatives", A Quarterly Publication of Co-op America, Spring 1986, 1986 35
  Folder
"March for Economic Survival, Saturday-September 28, 1974 August 20, 1974 36
Online
  Folder
Flyers (4)Calling People to March and Protest, 1974 37
Online
  Folder
Southern Exposure, "Here Come a Wind", Labor on the Move, 1976 38
  Folder
Southern Exposure, "Growing Up Southern", 1980 39
  Folder
Southern Exposure, "Festival", Celebrating Southern Literature, 1981 40
  Folder
Southern Exposure, "Stayed on Freedom", 1981 41
  Folder
Fact Sheet, Details of the Community Control of the Police Proposition January, 1971 42
Online
  Folder
"Too Much Garbage from City Council" 43
Online
  Folder
"A Short Introduction to Consumers' Cooperation", By Ellis Cowling, 1935 44
Online
  Folder
"Disarm the Corporations" 45
Online
  Folder
The Principal Principle, June, 1931 46
  Folder
"The Big Guns", By Matthew Josephson, January 14, 1956 47
Online
  Folder
"Technocracy an Interpretation", By Stuart Chase, 1933 48
Online
  Folder
"Smog over Los Angeles", 1959 49
"Smog over Los Angeles"
  Folder
"Rich Man Poor Man", By Ryllis Alexander Goslin & Omar Pancost Goslin, 1935 50
Online
  Folder
Issues of World Events (14), By Scott Nearing, 1947-1948 51
  Folder
"In Memoriam of Victor Alter Henryk Erlich", March 30, 1943 52
Online
  Folder
"Our Maturing Fascism", By Hugh Hardyman, 1949 53
Online
  Folder
"Synthesis is our Only Possibility", By Bob Dickens 54
Online
  Folder
Flyer from the National Organization for an American Revolution 55
Online
  Folder
"San Francisco and the Un-American Activities Committee" 56
Online
  Folder
IS Bulletin, May 15, 1971 57
Online
  Folder
"Economics for Beginners", Elementary Economics in Simple Language, By John Keracher, 1935 58
Online
  Folder
"Are Our Banks Betraying Us?", By Alfred Wayland, 1932 59
Online
  Folder
Flyers for "Food Not Bombs" and The Conscious Alliance 60
Online
  Folder
"What They Won't Tell You About Jobs and Prices", The Unemployment- Inflation Trap and the Way Out of It, By Edward Boorstein October, 1980 61
Online
  Folder
"The Socialization of Money", By E.F. Mylius 62
Online
  Folder
"Inaugural Address" 63
Online
  Folder
"The World's Crisis Analyzed- Solution Offered", Open Letter to President Harding, By H.L.A. Holman 64
Online
  Folder
The Industrial Communist (2), September, 1920 and May, 1921 65
  Folder
"Countdown to a Nuclear Moratorium", Environmental Action Foundation, April, 1976 66
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Progressive Student Union Rearguard, 1990 67
Online
  Folder
"Somebody Had to Say 'the emperor wears no clothes'" 68
Online
  Folder
"Come Home, America", A Flyer for Democratic Presidential Candidate George McGovern 69
Online
  Folder
General Informational Sheet for a March in Harrisburg 70
Online
  Folder
"Use Nuclear Electric Power and Reduce Oil Dependency" Flyer 71
Online
  Folder
"Era Walk '80" Flyer, October 18, 1980 72
Online
  Folder
Flyer for "Boycott GE Products Until General Electric Gets Out of the Nuclear Business" 73
Online
  Folder
"What's Wrong With Big Rock? Plenty!!" Flyer 74
Online
  Folder
Flyer Calling for Support of Haitian Refugees 75
Online
  Folder
"Let There be a World", By Felix Greene, 1963 76
  Folder
"Watts Uprising '65" 77
Online
  Folder
"The Making of a Pollution-Industrial Complex", By Martin Gellen, 1970 78
Online
  Folder
"The Real Cuba as Three Candidates Saw it", June, 1964 79
Online
  Folder
"N.A.C.L.A. Research Methodology Guide" 80
Online
  Folder
"A New Look at Cuba", The Challenge to Kennedy, By Jesse Gordon and Gen. Hugh B. Hester 81
Online
  Folder
Flyer for a Rally for McCarthy 82
Online
  Folder
Pamphlet about the SLATE Organization 83
Online
  Folder
"Aid Victims of Southern Africa's Rule of Terror" Pamphlet 84
Online
  Folder
"Strike" Pamphlet 85
Online
  Folder
Program for "The Snow Fairy", 1912 86
Online
  Folder
"WorkForce Resource Guide: Organizing" Newspaper   87
  Folder
Assorted Anti-Nixon Memorabilia 88
Online
  Folder
"I Support Consumers Education and Protective Association" card 89
Online
  Folder
"Boycott the Elections!" Marxist-Lenist Party Red Women's Detachment 90
Online
  Folder
The People's Tribune - Vol. 9 No. 8-Vol. 10 No. 10, April 12, 1982-May 10, 1983 91-118
  Folder
Underground - Vol. 1 No. 2, March 1971 119
  Folder
National Guardian, April 12, 1954- April 6, 1968    120-164
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National Guardian, April 13, 1968- October 17, 1970 91-195
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The Progressive, Hidden History of the United States Calendar, 1982 1438
Online
  Folder
Students Picket Churchill at Columbia 39
Online
  Folder
"Five Years of Hitler" 40
Online
  Folder
"America of the Rich, by the Rich, and for the Rich" 41
Online
  Folder
"A Blueprint for America", Peoples' Party of the United States 42
Online
  Folder
"Prospects of American Radicalism", American Socialist Publications 43
Online
  Folder
"Where Are We Going?", Hugh Hardyman 44
Online
  Folder
"Free Our Political Prisoners" Pamphlet, ca. 1919 45
Online
  BoxFolder
The $60 at 60 Pension Plan. Workers Allegiance of America, ca. 1930's 2427
("The $60 at 60 Pension Plan. Workers Allegiance of America," online pending)
  Folder
Beehive Collective: 6 items. Maine, ca. 2000s 28
  Folder
JPL Universe, November 1989 29
  Folder
Revolution Newspaper Flyer, Chicago 30
("Revolution Newspaper Flyer, Chicago" online pending)
  Folder
New Day Films, 2010-2011 31
  Folder
"Earl Robinson's 80th Birthday Celebration Concert" Program, June 1990 32
(""Earl Robinson's 80th Birthday Celebration Concert" Program," online pending)
  Folder
"Southwest Economy and Society: Strike for Liberty!", Fall 1979 33
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"Southern Exposure", Fall 1981 34
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"Dissent", Summer 1993 35
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"A Quarter Century of Un-Americana" Marzani and Muzeil, 1963 36
  Folder
Bicentennial pamphlet and flyers on Robert Ingersoll, 1976 37
("Bicentennial pamphlet and flyers on Robert Ingersoll," online pending)
  Folder
"The Progressive", July 1982 38
  Folder
Pittsburgh Peace Institute catalogue, Winter 1989 39
("Pittsburgh Peace Institute catalogue," online pending)
  Folder
CMA News vol. 2 no. 2, March 1980 40
("CMA News vol. 2 no. 2," online pending)
  Folder
Monthly Review Press Supplement: "Review 1", 1965 41
  Folder
"The A B C of Socialism" Leo Huberman and Sybil H. May, 1958 42
(""The A B C of Socialism" Leo Huberman and Sybil H. May," online pending)
  Folder
"Making Patients Pay More" Sam Baker, 1985 43
  Folder
"Resolution and Petition of the Impeachment of Richard Nixon" ACLU Michigan, October 1973 44
(""Resolution and Petition of the Impeachment of Richard Nixon" ACLU Michigan," online pending)
  Folder
"A United Front Against Fascism", March 1933 45
(""A United Front Against Fascism"," online pending)
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"People United for Environmental Justice Grassroots Convention Songbook" Citizens' Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste, 1989 46
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"Report on the Community Defense project on Organized Neo-fascists in Portland, Oregon" Coalition for Human Dignity, 1990 47
  Folder
"Your Career and Nuclear Weapons" Santa Barbara Peace Group, 1985 48
(""Your Career and Nuclear Weapons" Santa Barbara Peace Group," online pending)
  Folder
Progressive World vol. 37 no. 3 May- June 1980 49
  Folder
"Shutdown Strategies Citizen Efforts to Close Nuclear Powerplants" Joseph Kreisburg, 1986 50
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ACLU New Member's Kit, 1986 329
  Folder
The Roots and Prospects of McCarthyism 10
("The Roots and Prospects of McCarthyism" online pending)
  Folder
The Daily Compass vol. 1 no.1, May 1949 11
("The Daily Compass vol. 1 no.1," online pending)
  Folder
Free Economy vol. VIII no. 10, November 1938 12
("Free Economy vol. VIII no. 10," online pending)
  Folder
The Nation vol. CXVIII no. 3073, May 1924 13
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Free University Press, University of Pittsburgh (4 issues), 1989 14
  Folder
"Thousands of Children are Hungry" (2 Copies) Illustrated Flyer, 1940 15
(""Thousands of Children are Hungry" (2 Copies) Illustrated Flyer," online pending)
  Folder
La Follette's Magazine Vol. XVII No. 1, January 1925 16a
("La Follette's Magazine Vol. XVII No. 1," online pending)
  Folder
La Follette's Magazine Vol. XVII No. 2, February 1925 16b
Online
  Folder
The Forty Niner vol. XXI no. 49, California State College Student Newspaper, December 1969 17
  Folder
Epic News vol. 1 no. 45, April 1935 18
("Epic News vol. 1 no. 45," online pending)
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Rally No Nukes, 1979 349
("Rally No Nukes," online pending)
  Folder
"March for Peace and Justice" Poster, 1982 10
(""March for Peace and Justice" Poster," online pending)
  Folder
McGovern-Shriver Campaign Poster, 1972 11
("McGovern-Shriver Campaign Poster," online pending)
  BoxFolder
American Working Class History Project Pamphlet 37165
("American Working Class History Project Pamphlet" online pending)
  Folder
Science & Society Mail Order, 2004 166
("Science & Society Mail Order," online pending)
  Folder
"Unknown Secrets: Art and the Rosenberg Era" Mail Order 167
(""Unknown Secrets: Art and the Rosenberg Era" Mail Order" online pending)
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"Indroducing Color Adjusment" Mail Order, 1991-1992 168
(""Indroducing Color Adjusment" Mail Order," online pending)
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"Crisis Bargaining" Mail Order 169
(""Crisis Bargaining" Mail Order" online pending)
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"With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade" Mail Order, 1978 170
(""With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade" Mail Order," online pending)
  Folder
Icarus Films Mailing, September 1980 171
("Icarus Films Mailing," online pending)
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Bread and Roses Mail Order 172
("Bread and Roses Mail Order" online pending)
  Folder
Labor Film Library Flyer 173
("Labor Film Library Flyer" online pending)
  Folder
Icarus Films Labor Film Library Papers 174
("Icarus Films Labor Film Library Papers" online pending)
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Bread and Roses Order Form 381
("Bread and Roses Order Form" online pending)
  Folder
Monthly Review Press, Spring 1998 2
("Monthly Review Press," online pending)
  Folder
Monthly Review Press, Winter 2000 3
("Monthly Review Press," online pending)

Lovestonites 

Scope and Content Notes

In 1929 the CPUSA expelled former Party General Secretary Jay Lovestone and a substantial group of followers including Benjamin Gitlow, the CP’S 1924 and 1928 VP candidate. The Lovestone group supported the Soviet faction aligned with Nicholai Bukharin and opposed Comintern Third Period polices which they considered (correctly) sectarian and impractical. Initially the Lovestone group considered itself a loyal opposition to the officially recognized leadership of the CPUSA, but gradually developed a separate organizational identity. Although the group’s membership never exceeded a few hundred, it had more influence than might be expected both because officials in several unions respected the advice of prominent Lovestoneites and because the group included several important public intellectuals. Lovestone went on to a career as an activist against Communist influence in the labor movement, both domestic and foreign, and an advisor to portions of the U.S. national security apparatus concerned about that issue.

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"Marx and America" by Bertram Wolfe, 1934 101
Online
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"The Crisis in the Communist Party, U.S.A", Statement of the Principles of the Communist Party (Majority Group), February, 1930 2
Online
  Folder
"Pro-War Communism", By Veritas, 1937 3

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Series  XIV. Popular Front Culture 

Scope and Content Notes

The Popular Front grew out of the mutual recognition of Communists and non-Communist leftists in the mid-1930s that they needed to join forces against the threat of fascism. Formalization of this recognition included the 1935 shift in the Comintern line from Third Period policies that had mandated that Communists attack others on the Left as “social fascists” to Popular Front policies for a united front of the Left, and the electoral alliances that led to victories in 1936 elections in France and Spain.

In the US, the Popular Front functioned like the left wing of the New Deal. It drew support disproportionately from ethnics and racial minorities—e.g. immigrants and their children of Eastern and Southern European heritage, especially Eastern European Jews, and African Americans and Mexican-Americans. Popular Fronters championed the CIO, supported the Spanish Republic and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, and campaigned for racial equality. It was also a cultural movement as well as a political movement featuring a left-patriotic ethos and a set of stylistic preferences including topical songs in a folk motif, populist paintings inspired by the example of the Mexican muralists, agit-prop Brechtian theater, and social realist literature. A startling array of cultural producers who were either already famous or would later become so participated in Popular Front culture.

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From These Honored Dead..., By David McKelvy White and James Hawthorne 104
Online
  Folder
Photograph of Aiding State Trooper Michael Murray as He Lies on the Ground September 4, 1949 5
Online
  Folder
Wendell Phillips, By James J. Green, 1943 6
  Folder
Poems for Workers, An Anthology, Edited by Manuel Gomez 7
Online
  Folder
"Ajut Infantil De Reraguarda" Flyer 8
Online
  Folder
"One Year of the Writers and Artists Committee for Medical Aid to Spain" Pamphlet, January-December, 1937 9
Online
  Folder
"Marxism and Culture No. I", A Brief Bibliography of Marxism and the Arts, Edited by Louis Harp 10
Online
  Folder
Hear...Ludwig Renn, Chief of Staff of International Brigades, 1937 11
Online
  Folder
Medical Bureau & North American Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy Flyers (2) 12
Online
  Folder
20 Years After, 1914-1934, By James Lerner 13
Online
  Folder
"Critics Group Dialectics #1" Pamphlet, 1937 14
Online
  Folder
Issues #2, #4 and #5 of Critics Group Dialectics Stories 15
Issues #2, #4 and #5 of Critics Group Dialectics Stories
  Folder
The Brave and the Blind, A One-Act Drama, By Michael Blankfort, 1937 16
  Folder
Issues #3, #6 and #10 of Partisan Review, November-December, 1953,Summer, 1955, and October, 1948 17
  Folder
Washington and Lincoln, The American Tradition, By Joseph North 18
Online
  Folder
Photograph of Men from The New York State Young Communist League Boycotting Japanese Goods 19
Online
  BoxFolder
"Big Barn Dance" flyer, September 1940 2451
(""Big Barn Dance" flyer," online pending)
  Folder
"Front Populaire Revue" Flyer/playbill, 1936 52
(""Front Populaire Revue" Flyer/playbill," online pending)
  Folder
New Years Evening Dance Flyer 53
("New Years Evening Dance Flyer" online pending)
  Folder
"Labor and Culture", Fall 1941 54
(""Labor and Culture"," online pending)
  Folder
First Hand reports from the Writer's Congress flyer, May 1935 55
("First Hand reports from the Writer's Congress flyer," online pending)
  Folder
Marching Feet flyer, 1934 56
("Marching Feet flyer," online pending)
  Folder
May First Celebration program, 1939 57
("May First Celebration program," online pending)
  Folder
Meet the Cast of "Awake and Sing" Clifford Odets flyer May 1936 58
("Meet the Cast of "Awake and Sing" Clifford Odets flyer" online pending)
  Folder
Theatre Workshop October- December 1936 59
("Theatre Workshop" online pending)
  Folder
"We Gather Strength", 1933 60
(""We Gather Strength"," online pending)
  Folder
"Poems" Kenneth Fearing, 1936 61
(""Poems" Kenneth Fearing," online pending)
  Folder
Dialectics. 5 issues: 3, 4, 6-8, 1937 62
  Folder
Sing Out!, September 1952 63
Online
  Folder
People's Songs, December 1946 64
Online
  Folder
People's Songs, February-March 1947 65
Online
  Folder
Federal Theater Project small archive, 1936-1938 66
("Federal Theater Project small archive," online pending)
  Folder
Bay Region Symphony Orchestra Concert postcard, July 1938 67
("Bay Region Symphony Orchestra Concert postcard," online pending)
  Folder
"Stop Barbaric Slaughter with a Human Boycott" press photo, January, 1939 68
(""Stop Barbaric Slaughter with a Human Boycott" press photo," online pending)
  Folder
The New Anvil, April/May 1939 69
("The New Anvil," online pending)
  Folder
Songs of Joe Hill, 1960 70
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New Masses, December 1944 251
  Folder
New Masses, May 1947 2
  Folder
New Masses. 6 issues, 1935-1946 3
  Folder
Partisan Review, Vol. 1 No. 2, April/May 1934 4
("Partisan Review, Vol. 1 No. 2," online pending)
  Folder
Partisan Review, Vol. 2 No. 7, April/May 1935 5
Online
  Folder
Partisan Review, Vol. 2 No. 8, July/August 1935 6
("Partisan Review, Vol. 2 No. 8," online pending)
  Folder
Partisan Review, Vol. 13 No. 3, Vol. 4 No. 1-2, Summer 1946- March/April 1947 7
  Folder
Partisan Review, Vol. 14 No. 3-4, Vol. 15 No. 1, May/June 1947- January 1948 8
  Folder
Partisan Review, Vol. 15 No. 2-4, February 1948- April 1948 9
  Folder
Partisan Review, Vol. 15 No. 5-6, 8, May 1948- August 1948 10
  Folder
Partisan Review, Vol. 15 No. 12, Vol. 16 No. 1, 4, December 1948- April 1949 11
  Folder
Partisan Review, Vol. 16 No. 6, 10-11, June 1949- November 1949 12
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Legal Briefs from suits by blacklisted Hollywood screenwriters, actor and directors against Hollywood Studios 13
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Series  XV. Progressive Party 

Scope and Content Notes

Former Vice President Henry Wallace ran for President on a third party Progressive ticket in 1948. The Progressive Party emphasized three themes: opposition to Cold War policies, expansion of New Deal reform towards something closer to European social democracy, and racial equality. Serious discussion of a possible left third party began in 1946. In its earliest stages this movement drew support from a broad array of New Dealers, officials and activists in state third parties such as the New York American Labor Party, the Minnesota Farmer Labor Party, or the Washington Commonwealth Federation (more of a faction in the Washington State Democratic Party than a third party), CIO officials, and left-wing intellectuals.

The Communists, at first, were not enthusiastic both because the Progressive Party might be a competitor on the Left and because the international Communist line was shifting toward a more sectarian posture less welcoming of united fronts. But, as the Cold War heated up, the Progressives’ anti-Cold War posture caused the CP to shift toward enthusiastic support for the Progressive Party. However, the CP’s active engagement with the Progressive Party undermined much of its non-Communist support. Wallace’s disappointing 1948 popular vote--barely more than 2% after initial projections of perhaps 10 to 20%--further discouraged those non-Communists who had stuck with the organization. The Party faltered on through the 1952 campaign, but was justifiably viewed by most non-Communist observers as little more than a Communist front.

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Progressive Party Platform, 1952 23
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"Public Affairs Pamphlet No. 1, A Program For Jobs In N.Y. State", Issued By Council on Public Affairs, N.Y. State American Labor Party 24
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"Could Peace Cost So Much?" Flyer, 1952 25
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"The Other Evil", The Truth About the 1952 Elections, By Vito Marcantonio 26
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"He Thinks Right" 27
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Flyer Discussing Police Brutality in Detroit, 1948 28
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Tribune Record, April 17, 1953 29
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Flyer for The Progressive Party of Delaware 30
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"We Can Have Homes" 31
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"The Third Party and the 1948 Elections", By Eugene Dennis, March, 1948 32
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"The 3rd Party", By Adam Lapin 34
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Flyer Encouraging People to Vote for the Progressive Party 35
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"The Outlook for the N.Y. City Elections", By Simon W. Gerson 36
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"Speak up for Peace" 37
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Flyer to Vote for Henry Steinberg 38
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"YOU Can Stop the Korean War YOU Can Stop World War 3 With a VOTE" Flyer, 1952 39
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"Fed Up..." Flyer, ca. 1938 40
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Progressive Party of Philadelphia Letter, November 17, 1954 1446
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"Knock on Any Door!", Progressive Party 47
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Pamphlet to Elect Progressive Party Candidate Mrs. Charlotta Bass 48
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"Your Vote Can Stop the War in Korea Now!" Pamphlet 49
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"Vote for Wallace" Flyer 50
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Series  XVI. Socialist Labor Party (SLP) 

Scope and Content Notes

The Socialist Labor Party began in 1876 as the Workingmen’s Party of the United States, renamed the Socialistic Labor Party in 1877. A tiny remnant survives today.

Its only notable successes occurred in the years immediately after the 1877 railroad strike near the end of the bitter 1870s depression. The railroad strike had been as much a popular insurrection as a conventional strike. Fueled both by the anger that had provoked this insurrection and the sense of empowerment that it had kindled, significant numbers of U.S. workers turned to third party protest voting between 1877 and 1880. Most of those protest votes went to the Greenback-Labor Party, but the SLP drew substantial votes and elected local officials and state legislators in many Midwestern cities with substantial German immigrant populations.

The Party faded badly in the early 1880s because of a split between Marxists and anarchists, an upswing in the economy, and the rise of the Knights of Labor, a more credible organizational home for working-class activists than the SLP. In the early 1890s a charismatic intellectual, Daniel De Leon, took over leadership of what was left of the party. Although De Leon was an original thinker—Lenin praised him as the only American to make noteworthy contribution to Marxist theory—he was a terrible organizer, so irascible and dogmatic that he repeatedly drove people away from the organization.

Despite De Leon’s flaws the Party expanded in the 1890s benefitting from another Depression beginning in 1893, the surge of political energy accompanying the Populist movement, and publicity surrounding the announcement that railroad union leader Eugene Debs had converted to socialism. Inevitably, however, these new recruits came into conflict with the De Leonites. They joined with other socialist factions to found the Socialist Party of the United States (SPUSA) in 1901. The new party quickly eclipsed the SLP.

De Leon and his followers had one more story to tell. They played a key role on the founding of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) in 1905. Inevitably De Leon had a falling out with others in the IWW leadership, and left the organization to form a rival IWW faction in 1908.

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"Karl Marx, The Man and His Work and the Constructive Elements of Socialism", Three Lectures and Two Essays By Karl Dannenberg, 1918 42
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"Socialist Reconstruction of Society", The Industrial Vote, By Daniel De Leon 43
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Grand March Festival Given By The Socialists of St. Paul, Minn. at Germania Turner Hall, 1894 44
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A Socialist Labor Party Envelope and Ticket 45
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Three Letters to Sections and Members of the S.L.P., February 23 and 27, 1918 46
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"Economic Basis of Education", By Aaron M. Orange, 1942 47
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"A Socialist Labor Party Statement, What Can Be Done About Unemployment?" 48
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"The Fetishism of Liberty", By Harry Waton, 1917 49
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"From Reform to Bayonets", By Arnold Petersen, May, 1947 50
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Multiple Socialist Labor Party Documents Addressed to Samuel Johnson 51
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"Anti-Semitism, Its Cause and Cure Daniel de Leon", 1921 52
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"Socialism: World Without Race Prejudice", By Eric Hass 53
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"Unionism: Fraudulent of Genuine?", By Nathan Karp, 1962 54
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"Democracy", Past, Present and Future, By Arnold Petersen, 1962 55
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1964 Platform or the Socialist Labor Party of America, 1964 56
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"Discussion Bulletin", February, 1986 57
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Flyer for a Musical and Lecture 58
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"Socialist Album", 1896 59
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Christmas Entertainment Newsletter, December 27 1896 60
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"Winter Evening Agitation Meetings" leaflet, 1894 61
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"Vote for the Socialist Labor Party" Flyer 1451
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Socialist Labor Party Flyers, 1976-1978 269
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SLP Section St. Louis Grievance Committee Meeting, 1980 10
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The People's Library vol. 1 no. 2, January 1899 11
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The People's Library vol. 1 no. 4, July 1899 12
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Tragic Pages from the History of Strikes among the Miners, September 1900 13
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GEO E. Lawrence TLS (2) and Flyer, 1892 14
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Bound Group of Socialist Pamphlets, Socialist Labor Party 15
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"A Philosophy of Happiness" Thomas Bersford, October 1899 16
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"The Gospel of Discontent" G.B. Benham, September 1897 17
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"Forging of the New: Studies in Socialism" Fanklin H. Wentworth, 1907 18
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"Civilization Civilized" Stephen Maybell, November 1895 19
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"Scientific Socialism" Thomas Bersford, July 1899 20
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"The Crimes of Capitalism" G.B. Benham, January 1898 21
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"Patriotism and Socialism" G.B. Benham, June 1899 22
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"The Story of the Red Flag" G. B. Benham, 1897 23
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"The Attitude of the Socialists Toward Trade Unions", 1900 24
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"Gov. Altgeld's Pardon & The Modern Tragedy: Downfall of the Small Producer & The Crisis", June 1894 25
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"Catechism of Socialism" G. B. Benham, March 1898 26
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Series  XVII. Socialist Party USA (SPUSA) 

Scope and Content Notes

Founded in 1901 by disgruntled members of the Socialist Labor Party and other Socialist factions, the party became the most electorally successful left-wing party in US history. It reached a peak membership of almost 120,000 in 1912 and again in 1919, and drew about 3% of the national popular vote in the elections of 1904, 1908, 1916, and 1920 and 6% in 1912. During these years the Party elected congressmen from New York City and Milwaukee, several dozen state legislators and perhaps as many as a thousand local officials including mayors of such major cities as Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

As a result of the 1919 split within their ranks between the Party’s Old Guard and those that wanted the Party to join the emerging Communist movement and the effects of government repression, the Socialist Party collapsed in the early 1920s. The Party endorsed Progressive Party candidate Robert La Follette in the 1924 presidential campaign and that endorsement masked the Party’s weakness. La Follette drew nearly 17% of the national popular vote. Moreover La Follette had failed to achieve Progressive Party ballot status in several large states and only appeared there as a Socialist. Socialists could thus claim enough of the La Follette vote as their own to argue that their 1924 totals compared favorably to the percentages they had received between 1904 and 1920. But in 1928 when Norman Thomas made the first of his six presidential runs the Socialist vote was down to 0.7%.

The depression appeared to revive the Socialist Party in the early 1930s. Thomas expanded his presidential vote percentage to 2.2% in 1932, and in 1934 the Party elected mayors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Reading, Pennsylvania. Thereafter the Party found itself caught between a rapidly expanding Communist Party on one side and a Democratic Party that shifted to the Left after 1934. A substantial portion of the Party membership and leadership, including David Dubinsky and Sidney Hillman, leaders of International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union (ACWU), two of the Party’s bastions, argued that Socialists should endorse FDR in 1936. When the top Party leadership refused to consider this, they seceded forming a rival Social Democratic Federation that did endorse Roosevelt. Thomas’s vote fell to 0.4% in 1936. The Party continued to run candidates thereafter—up to the present—but rarely did much better than other tiny left-wing factions such as the Socialist Labor Party (SLP) or the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).

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"Which Road for American Workers, Socialist or Communist?", January, 1936 1062
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"Public Ownership Here and Abroad", By Harry W. Laidler, 1931 64
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"An Appeal to the Young", By P. Kropotkin 65
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The Melting Pot, Home Again With the Melting Pot, June, 1918 66
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"The Germs of War", A Study in Preparedness, 1916 67
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"Letters to Judd", An American Workingman, By Upton Sinclair 68
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"Think or Surrender", By George R. Kirkpatrick 69
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Assorted Writings (5) By Upton Sinclair, Pasadena, California 70
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"Two Constitutions", By Oscar Ameringer 71
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Assorted Leftist Papers 72
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"Sit-Down", By Joel Seidman, and "A G.M. Stockholder Visits Flint", By Robert Morss Lovett, March, 1937 73
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"Realignment", One Year After the Party Convention 74
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"The Appeal Almanac and Arsenal of Facts for 1917", 1917 75
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"No!,Steps to Create Peace", By the Peace Work Group Socialist Party USA 76
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"America at the Crossroads", By David P. Berenberg, 1934 77
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"Leaflet No. 6", Testimony to the Charges Against Assemblyman Solomon 78
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"Tampa- Tar and Terror" 79
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"Wages in Mexican Money", By Mary E. Marcy 80
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"Socialist Campaign Songs" 81
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"Socialist Song Book" 82
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"Value, Price and Profit", By Karl Marx 83
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Intemperance and Poverty, by T. Twining 84
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Pocket Library of Socialism, No. 39, "Socialism and the Organized Labor Movement", By May Wood Simmons 85
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Pocket Library of Socialism, No. 48, "Useful Work Versus Useless Toil", By William Morris 86
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Pocket Library of Socialism, No. 50, "Marx on Cheapness" 87
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"Economic Evolution", By Paul Lafargue 88
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"Science and Socialism", By Robert Rives La Monte 89
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"Rational Prohibition", An Address to Temperance Workers, Delivered in Los Angeles, June 22, 1902, By Walter L. Young 90
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"What's So and What Isn't", By John M. Work, 1916 91
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"The Cold War and the Russian Bogeyman: A Socialist Analysis" 92
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"Why I am a Socialist", By Norman Thomas 93
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"Democracy and Revolution", By Friedrich Adler 94
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A Socialist Party of America Membership Card 95
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"Capitalism, Socialism, Communism?- A Debate" 96
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"Convict 9653, America's Vision Maker", Story of Eugene Victor Debs, the United States' Great Socialist Anti-Militarist, By Guy A. Aldred 97
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Certain Misconceptions, A Few Current Objections to Socialism Answered, by John M. Work, 1931 98
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Are There Classes in America?, by Ralph Korkngold 99
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Little Blue Book, No. 1703, Organizing the World for Socialism, Clarence Senior, 1931 100
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ASQ, American Socialist Quarterly Reprints, No. 1, "Towards Socialist Reorientation", By Haim Kantorovitch 101
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"Problems of Revolutionary Socialism", By Haim Kantorovitch 102
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The Essence of Socialism, by William H. Watts, 1910 103
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"Wage-Labor and Capital", By Karl Marx 104
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