The Secret World of American Communism / Edition 1

The Secret World of American Communism / Edition 1

by Harvey Klehr, John Earl Haynes, Fridrikh Igorevich Firsov, Fridrikh Igorevich Firsov
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300068557

ISBN-13: 9780300068559

Pub. Date: 09/28/1996

Publisher: Yale University Press

For the first time, the hidden world of American communism can be examined with the help of documents from the recently opened archives of the former Soviet Union. Interweaving narrative and documents, the authors of this book present a convincing new picture of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA), providing proof that it was involved in…  See more details below

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For the first time, the hidden world of American communism can be examined with the help of documents from the recently opened archives of the former Soviet Union. Interweaving narrative and documents, the authors of this book present a convincing new picture of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA), providing proof that it was involved in espionage and other subversive activities. At the same time, they disclose fascinating details about the workings of the party and about the ordinary Americans and CPUSA leaders who participated in its clandestine activities.

"A formidable achievement in archival research. No one will be able to write about the cpusa in the future without reference to this volume."-Maurice Isserman, Nation

"A memorable, powerful book. . . . One of this year's most significant books about twentieth-century American political history."-David J. Garrow, New York Newsday

"This book contains the first new revelation about American Communism in a generation. It is superbly edited and admirably presented. No one interested in the history of the American Communism can afford to miss it."-Theodore Draper

Harvey Klehr, the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Politics at Emory University, is also the author of The Heyday of American Communism. John Earl Haynes is a specialist in twentieth-century American history at the Library of Congress. Fridrikh Igorevich Firsov is formerly of the Comintern Archive at the Russian Center for the Preservation and Study of Documents of Recent History.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300068559
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Annals of Communism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
382
Sales rank:
1,070,830
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

List of Documents Reproduced in Facsimile
Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on the Documents
Glossary of Individuals and Organizations
Chronology of American Communism
Ch. 1Background3
A Brief History of the American Communist Party4
The Clandestine Activities of the CPUSA14
The Question of Joseph McCarthy15
The Historiographic Debate17
Ch. 2Clandestine Habits: The 1920s and the Early 1930s20
The Comintern and Covert Operations20
John Reed and Clandestine Funding of American Communism21
Julius and Armand Hammer26
Other Secret Communications31
The Pan-Pacific Trade Union Secretariat42
Earl Browder and Undercover Operations in Asia42
Harrison George and the Secret Work of the PPTUS49
Agnes Smedley, Comintern Agent60
Ch. 3The Secret Apparatus of the CPUSA: The Early Years71
The CPUSA Establishes Its Secret Apparatus71
J. Peters and the Secret Apparatus, 1932-193873
Rudy Baker Replaces J. Peters83
The Washington Communist Underground, 1933-194396
The Ware Group and the La Follette Committee96
Peters and the Washington Informant Group, 1943106
Copying Confidential State Department Letters, 1936110
Ch. 4The Secret Apparatus Branches Out119
The Secret Apparatus under Rudy Baker, 1938-1940119
Fighting Ideological Deviationists and Other Enemies124
Weeding Out Internal Enemies125
Stealing the Files of Party Enemies128
Enforcing Ideological Conformity132
Max, the Agent Who Wouldn't Go Home, 1939-1942147
Fighting Deviationists and Bad Elements in the Spanish Civil War151
The Surveillance of Bertram Wolfe, 1937153
The Death of Albert Wallach, 1938155
"Suspicious Individuals and Deserters" in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion183
Ch. 5Other Faces of the Secret World188
Ann Cadwallader Coles, a Southern Artist in the Secret World188
American Communists and Soviet Radio Propaganda, 1937-1942195
Williana Burroughs, New York Teacher and Soviet Radio Propagandist199
American Students in the International Lenin School202
American Communists in Red Army Uniforms, 1936203
Ch. 6The American Communist Party, the Secret Apparatus, and the NKVD205
The Brother-Son Network in World War II205
The Brother-Son Network and Soviet Atomic Espionage216
Morris Cohen, Atomic Spy217
Recruiting Japanese Cadre for the Comintern226
Earl Browder and the NKVD232
Earl Browder as an NKVD Talent Spotter, 1940233
Margaret Browder, NKVD Agent, 1938238
Irene Browder, Commissar with "Emergency Powers"243
Earl Browder's "Back Channel" to the White House249
Ch. 7The American Communist Underground Fights World War II259
The CPUSA, the OSS, and Soviet Intelligence259
Recruiting Veterans of the International Brigades for the OSS, 1941-1945259
Eugene Dennis, William Donovan, and the Infiltration of the OSS and OWI266
Reporting on the American Embassy in Moscow, 1942-1943286
Ch. 8Soviet Intelligence and American Communists, 1942-1945292
NKVD and GRU Inquiries about Americans294
Judith Coplon, Soviet Spy294
Albert Feierabend, Soviet Agent296
Edmund Stevens, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter299
Veterans of the International Brigades303
OSS and State Department Employees307
Elizabeth Bentley and the Perlo Group309
The Credibility of Whittaker Chambers317
Ch. 9Conclusion322
Appendix A The Archival Record329
Appendix B Organization of the American Communist Party334
Selected Readings337
Index341

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