American Communism and Soviet Russia / Edition 1

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This companion volume to The Roots of American Communism brings to completion what the author describes as the essence of the relationship of American Communism to Soviet Russia in the first decade after the Bolsheviks seized power. The outpouring of new archive materials makes it plain that Draper's premise is direct and to the point: The communist movement "was transformed from a new expression of American radicalism to the American appendage of a Russian revolutionary power." Each generation must find this out for itself, and no better guide exists than the work of master historian Theodore Draper. American Communism and Soviet Russia is acknowledged to be the classic, authoritative history of the critical formative period of the American Communist Party. Based on confidential minutes of the top party committees, interviews with party leaders, and public records, this book carefully documents the influence of the Soviet Union on the fundamental nature of American Communism. Draper's reflections on that period in this edition are a fitting capstone to this pioneering effort.

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Editorial Reviews

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"There are surprisingly few scholarly histories of individual Communist parties and even fewer which treat this crucial decade in intimate detail. Draper's account is therefore of great importance."

Daniel Bell, Saturday Review

"In reading Draper's closely packed pages, one hardly knows whether to marvel more at the detachment with which he examines the Communist movement, the patience with which he unravels the dreary and intricate struggles for power among the top leaders, or the intelligence with which he analyzes the interplay of factors determining the development of American Communism."

Arthur M. Schlesinger, The New York Times Book Review

". . . will long be a definitive source volume and analysis of the Stalinization of American Communism."

Michael Harrington, Commonweal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765805317
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 628
  • Sales rank: 1,114,585
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore Draper is the author of many books on contemporary politics and international relations. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Both The Roots of American Communism and American Communism and Soviet Russia were commissioned by the Fund for the Republic series on Communism in American Life edited by Clinton Rossiter.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Introduction 3
1 The New Day 9
2 The Farmer-Labor United Front 29
3 Roads to Chicago 52
4 The Parting of the Ways 75
5 The La Follette Fiasco 96
6 How to Win a Majority 127
7 Bolshevization 153
8 Party Life 186
9 Politics and Trade-Unionism 215
10 Ruthenberg's Last Wish 234
11 Lovestone in Power 248
12 American Exceptionalism 268
13 The Turning Point 282
14 The Sixth World Congress 300
15 The Negro Question 315
16 The Birth of American Trotskyism 357
17 The Runaway Convention 377
18 How to Lose a Majority 405
Afterword 445
Notes 483
Acknowledgments 571
Index 573
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