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Originally written in letter form in response to inquiries from American historian Theodore Draper as he was researching his The Roots of American Communism (1957) and American Communism and Soviet Russia (1960), this work by Cannon, by then a leading figure in the Socialist Workers Party (US), recalls Cannon's involvement in the first ten years of the Communist Party of the United States, from its founding in 1919 until his expulsion in 1928 for his attempt to found a Left Opposition in the Party sympathetic to Leon Trotsky's critique of the direction of the Comintern. In addition to recounting and critiquing the activities of and debates within the Communist Party in detail for Draper, Cannon also included reflections on the Communist Party's approach to what was then known as the "Negro question," an assessment of Eugene V. Debs (and the socialist movement of his time) and the Industrial Workers of the World (of which Cannon was a former member) as precursors to the communist movement, and a critique of Draper's histories of American communism. (Annotation ©2011 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)