Jimmy Higgins

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This study fills a conspicuous gap in the secondary literature on the Communist Party by examining the mental world of the wholly committed rank-and-file Party member. Jimmy Higgins was an imaginary composite considered the ideal for members to emulate; the attitudes and beliefs held by Jimmy Higgins-type members have not been adequately studied until now. As Kraditor demonstrates these members differed in important ways from the Party leaders and cadre, and also from the vast majority of members who belonged to ...

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Overview

This study fills a conspicuous gap in the secondary literature on the Communist Party by examining the mental world of the wholly committed rank-and-file Party member. Jimmy Higgins was an imaginary composite considered the ideal for members to emulate; the attitudes and beliefs held by Jimmy Higgins-type members have not been adequately studied until now. As Kraditor demonstrates these members differed in important ways from the Party leaders and cadre, and also from the vast majority of members who belonged to the Party for only a few years. Basing her analysis on a detailed textual examination of thousands of pages of Party publications and on her own experience as a long-term Party member, Kraditor reconstructs the second reality in which the devout rank-and-file member lived.

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AILEEN S. KRADITOR is Professor Emerita of History at Boston University.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Structure

Jimmy Higgins

Types

The Rationale of Hate

Authority, I: Leadership and Self-Image

Authority, II: Theory and Scholarship

Tasks, Standards, and Self-Criticism

Part II: Substance

The Nature of Reality, I: Materialism

The Nature of Reality, II: Man

"The System" and Its Rulers

The People

The Soviet Union as the American Future

Soviet America and the Science of Prophecy

Conclusion

Genus and Differentia

Recommended Reading

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