The Communist International and US Communism, 1919-1929 / by Jacob A. Zumoff.

Zumoff, Jacob A. [Browse]
Leiden, the Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, [2014]
xi, 443 pages ; 25 cm.


  • Historical materialism book series ; 82. [More in this series]
  • Historical materialism book series ; volume 82
Summary note
Since the Cold War, most historians have set up an opposition between the "American" and "international" aspects of early American Communism. This book examines the development of the Communist Party in its first decade, from 1919 to 1929. Using the archives of the Communist International, this book, in contrast to previous studies, argues that the International played an important role in the early part of this decade in forcing the party to "Americanise". Special attention is given to the attempts by the Comintern to orient American Communists on the role of black oppression, and to see the struggle for black liberation and the fight for socialism as inextricably linked. The later sections of the book provide the most detailed account now available of how the Comintern, reflecting the Stalinisation of the Soviet Union, intervened in the American party to ensure the Stalinisation of American Communism.-- Provided by Publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The Formation of the Communist Party, 1912 -- 21 -- The Fight for Legality -- Communists and the Labour Movement -- William Z. Foster and the Turn Towards the Labour Movement -- The Farmer-Labor Party -- The La Follette Fiasco, 1923 -- 4 -- The Double-Edged Sword of `Bolshevisation', 1924 -- 6 -- The Foreign-Language Federations and `Bolshevisation' -- Factionalism and Mass Work, 1925 -- 7 -- The Death of Ruthenberg and the Ascension of Lovestone, 1926 -- 7 -- Lovestone Between Bukharin and Stalin, 1927 -- 8 -- The `Third Period', the Sixth Congress and the Elimination of Opposition, 1928 -- 9 -- Lovestone Becomes a Lovestoneite, 1928 -- 9 -- The `Negro Question' to the Fourth Comintern Congress -- The `Negro Question' from the Fourth to the Sixth Congress -- The Sixth Congress and the `Negro Question' -- `Self-Determination' and Comintern Intervention -- The 'Negro Question' from the Fourth to the Sixth Congress -- 'Self-Determination' and Conitern Intervention.
Other title(s)
Communist International and United States Communism
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  • 9004219609 (hardback : alk. paper)
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