Founding of the Socialist Workers Party: Minutes and Resolutions, 1938-39by James P. Cannon
At founding gatherings of the Socialist Workers Party in 1938-39, revolutionists in the U.S. codified two decades of experience in building a communist party. They charted a working-class course in resisting the coming imperialist war, fighting fascism and Jew-hatred, the struggle for Black rights, forging an alliance with exploited farmers, and the battle to transform the unions into revolutionary instruments of struggle by working people.
Preface by George Breitman, photos, glossary of people, groups, and periodicals, index.
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This is a verbatim record of a meeting of hundreds of revolutionary workers at the height of the radicalization of the 1930s. There were many hundreds of workers who had led the CIO upsurge in the Minneapolis Sit Down Strikes, the Flint strikes against GM, the battles in Maritime on both coasts, the struggles to organize the unemployed. There were fighters against Fascism and Antisemitism who had organized demonstrations of 50,000 against the American Nazis and fought the US's restrictions on letting Hitler's victims in. There were youth from the campuses, and youth from mines and mills, and youth who were fighting for jobs. There were Black fighters against racism and discrimination from across the country. There were veteran cadres who had led the IWW, the American Communist Party, The Communist Leage of America, the Workers Party, and the Socialist Party. They were young writers, painters, and other artists and intellectuals. This is the record of their discussion on how to build a revolutionary party to lead workers in the US, how the teachings of Marx, Lenin, and Trotsky and their own lessons in the struggles of the 1930s point to the need for a new revolutionary party. None of those questions have changed in substance. This discussion is enlivened not deaded because it comes from this time. It comes from a time when these questions were not abstract questions, but concrete practical questioned need to advance the struggles these militants led. We need these lessons, we need such a party, today. The SWP is still out there fighting in mines, and garmet shops, in packing houses, and wherever workers, Blacks, Asian, Chicanos and other oppressed are fighting imperialism and expliotation. Read this, and know why. Then fight with them.
Revolutionary working people, serious students, and honest historians will find this book indispensable. It is the fruit of U.S. and Canadian Leninists' collaboration with Leon Trotsky, with whom they rescued Marxism from Stalin's gutter. Through expulsions, splits, and fusions they coalesced a genuine communist party. They were communists who proved their mettle not only in theory but in the mass victorious labor battles, including in Minneapolis in the 1930s. They consistently stood against the coming second world war and spoke out in favor of the defeat of the U.S. ruling class. Through this, they sought to turn the imperialist slaughter into world-wide revolt of working people in each imperialist country against their indigenous ruling class, which would be key to regenerating the Soviet Union by ridding it of the Stalinist infection.