U.S. Trotskyism 1928-1965. Part II: Endurance

The Coming American Revolution. Dissident Marxism in the United States: Volume 3


U.S. Trotskyism 1928-1965. Part II: Endurance: The Coming American Revolution is the second of a documentary trilogy on a revolutionary socialist split-off from the U.S. Communist Party, reflecting Leon Trotsky’s confrontation with Stalinism in the global Communist movement. Spanning 1941 to 1956, this volume surveys the Second World War (internationally and on the 'homefront'), the momentous post-war strike wave, ongoing efforts to comprehend and struggle against racism, as well as the early years of the Cold War and anti-Communist repression in the United States. Also covered are internal debates and splits among Trotskyists themselves, including a far-reaching split in the international Trotskyist movement (the Fourth International) in the face of a persistent and expanding Stalinism. Scholars and activists will find much of interest in these primary sources.

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Paul Le Blanc is Professor of History at La Roche College (Pittsburgh). He has written extensively on labour and social struggles, including A Short History of the U.S. Working Class (Prometheus Books, 1999), the acclaimed short biography Leon Trotsky (Reaktion Books, 2015), and most recently October Song: Bolshevik Triumph, Communist Tragedy, 1917-1924 (Haymarket Books, 2017).

Bryan Palmer is Professor of History at Trent University. His books include studies of British labour historian E. P. Thompson and U.S. Communist and Trotskyist leader James P. Cannon, and Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934 (Brill, 2014).

Thomas Bias has served on the editorial boards of Bulletin in Defense of Marxism and Labor Standard, and is editor of the 1989 anthology Upheaval in China.
1 Introduction: the Coming American RevolutionPaul Le Blanc
2 Dawn of the American CenturyPaul Le Blanc  1  Joseph Hansen, ‘The March of Military Events’  2  Terence Phelan (Sherry Mangan), ‘How Paris Fell’  3  John G. Wright (Joseph Vanzler), ‘Class Relations in the Soviet Union’  4  Marc Loris (Jean van Heijenoort), ‘Europe Under the Iron Heel’  5  Joseph Hansen, ‘On the War Fronts’  6  Art Preis, ‘America’s Sixty Families and the Nazis’  7  George Breitman, ‘Wartime Crimes of Big Business’  8  James P. Cannon, ‘The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki’  9  William Warde (George Novack), ‘The Big Five at London’  10  E.R. Frank (Bert Cochran), ‘The Great Strike Wave and Its Significance’  11  James P. Cannon, ‘The Coming American Revolution’
3 Challenging RacismTom Bias  1  Albert Parker (George Breitman), ‘The Negro March on Washington’  2  Albert Parker and John Sanders (George Breitman and Arthur Burch), ‘The Struggle for Negro Equality’  3  Carl Jackson (Edgar Keemer), ‘The Case of Milton Henry’  4  Carl Jackson (Edgar Keemer), ‘Government Policy on Race Equality’  5  Carl Jackson (Edgar Keemer), ‘How to Win the Struggle’  6  Robert Birchman, ‘The Case of James Hickman’  7  Freddie Forrest (Raya Dunayevskaya), ‘Industrialization and the Negro’  8  J. Meyer (C.L.R. James), ‘Revolutionary Answer to the Negro Problem in the United States’  9  George Breitman, ‘The Bomb Murder of Harry T. Moore’  10  George Breitman, ‘When Anti-Negro Prejudice Began’
4 DissensionsPaul Le Blanc  1  Felix Morrow, ‘The Political Position of the Minority in the SWP  2  Albert Goldman, ‘On Joining the Workers Party’  3  Johnson-Forest (C.L.R. James, R. Dunayevskaya, G. Lee), ‘State-Capitalism and the World Revolution’  4  [C.L.R. James], ‘The Balance Sheet Completed: Ten Years of American Trotskyism’
5 Coping with the Cold War, Global and DomesticPaul Le Blanc  1  James P. Cannon, ‘American Stalinism and Anti-Stalinism’  2  James P. Cannon, ‘The Treason of the Intellectuals’  3  E.R. Frank (Bert Cochran), ‘The Kremlin’s Satellite States in Eastern Europe, Yugoslavia, Marxist Theory, and Our Perspectives’  4  Joseph Hansen, ‘The Problem of Eastern Europe’  5  Li Fu-jen (Frank Glass), ‘China: A World Power’  6  Tom Kerry, ‘The Meaning of the CIO-AFL Merger’  7  James P. Cannon, ‘Socialism and Democracy’
6 Confrontations Internal and InternationalBryan Palmer  1  Michel Pablo (Michalis Raptis), ‘Where Are We Going?’  2  E.R. Frank (Bert Cochran), ‘Notes on Our Discussion’  3  Michel Pablo (Michalis Raptis), ‘On the Duration and the Nature of the Period of Transition from Capitalism to Socialism’  4  George Clarke, ‘A Milestone in Internationalism’  5  Mike Bartell (Milt Zaslow), ‘The New York Local – Report and Tasks’  6  D. Stevens (David Weiss) and Harry Ring, ‘Perspectives for the Period Ahead’  7  Farrell Dobbs, ‘For an Independent Party Based on a Proletarian Orientation’  8  Bert Cochran and George Clarke et al., ‘Roots of the Party Crisis – Its Causes and Solution’  9  Michel Pablo (Michalis Raptis), ‘The Post-Stalin ‘New Course’’  10  James P. Cannon, ‘The ‘Six Points’ of Cochranism’  11  Bert Cochran, ‘American Tasks’  12  Genora Dollinger, ‘Where I Stand’  13  James P. Cannon, ‘Internationalism and the SWP  14  Socialist Workers Party National Committee, ‘Against Pabloist Revisionism’  15  James P. Cannon, ‘The 25th Anniversary of the SWP  16  George Breitman and Ernest Germain (Ernest Mandel), ‘Trotskyism vs. Pabloism’  17  Sam Ryan, ‘The Bolivian Revolution and the Fight Against Revisionism’
Bibliography Index
Scholars and activists interested in the history and ideas associated with the labor and socialist movements of the twentieth century, and in experiences associated with U.S. radicalism.