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The Soviet World of American Communism.

Author/Creator:
Klehr, Harvey.
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1998.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (417 pages)
Series:
Annals of Communism Ser.
Annals of Communism Ser.
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Subjects:
Communist International -- History -- Sources.
Communist Party of the United States of America -- History -- Sources.
Communism -- History -- Sources.
Communism -- United States -- History -- Sources.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
The Secret World of American Communism (1995), filled with revelations about Communist party covert operations in the United States, created an international sensation. Now the American authors of that book, along with Soviet archivist Kyrill M. Anderson, offer a second volume of profound social, political, and historical importance. Based on documents newly available from Russian archives, The Soviet World of American Communism conclusively demonstrates the continuous and intimate ties between the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) and Moscow. In a meticulous investigation of the personal, organizational, and financial links between the CPUSA and Soviet Communists, the authors find that Moscow maintained extensive control of the CPUSA, even of the American rank and file. The widely accepted view that the CPUSA was essentially an idealistic organization devoted to the pursuit of social justice must be radically revised, say the authors. Although individuals within the organization may not have been aware of Moscow's influence, the leaders of the organization most definitely were. The authors explain and annotate ninety-five documents, reproduced here in their entirety or in large part, and they quote from hundreds of others to reveal the actual workings of the American Communist party. They show that: bull; the USSR covertly provided a large part of the CPUSA budget from the early 1920s to the end of the 1980s; bull; Moscow issued orders, which the CPUSA obeyed, on issues ranging from what political decisions the American party should make to who should serve in the party leadership; bull; the CPUSA endorsed Stalin's purges and the persecution of Americans living in Russia.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
List of Documents Reproduced in Facsimile
Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on the Documents
Glossary of Individuals and Organizations
Chronology of American Communism
Introduction
CHAPTER ONE Orders from the Comintern
In the Beginning: The 1920s
The Consolidation of the American Communist Party
The Comintern Sets American Party Policy
Comintern Intervention in American Party Meetings
Communism in Its Heyday: The 1930s
The 1936 Presidential Campaign
The Comintern and the Leadership of the CPUSA
The CPUSA in the Labor Movement
The Nazi-Soviet Pact and Its Aftermath
The Nazi-Soviet Pact
The "Just War of Defense"
The Downfall of Earl Browder
CHAPTER TWO Moscow Gold
Designated Funds
Bankrolling Depression-Era Activities
Fifty Years of Soviet Subsidies
The Significance of the Moscow Gold
CHAPTER THREE Communists Abroad
Comintern "Reps"
The Plenipotentiaries
Other Functionaries
The CPUSA Challenges the Mandate of a Comintern Representative
The CPUSA and International Comintern Operations
Americans Stationed in Moscow
John Reed, Louis Fraina, and Nicholas Hourwich
Responsibilities of the CPUSA Representative
American Communists in the "Great Land of Socialism"
The Death of Lovett Fort-Whiteman
Karelian Fever and the Purge of the North American Finns
Thomas Sgovio: An American in the Great Terror
American Emissaries during World War II
Morris Childs and the 1948 Presidential Election
CHAPTER FOUR Imported Hatred
Early Training in Ideological Conformity
The Soviet Union and the Splintering of the American Left
The Comintern Proclaims "Social Fascism" to Be the New Enemy
The Madison Square Garden Riot
The Moscow Trials and the Great Terror
Earl Browder Declares War on Trotskyists.
The Trotsky-Zinoviev Trial of 1936
The Lovestoneite Deviation
Pressure for Even Greater Press Fervor
Comintern Education in Ideological Sensitivity
Tools of Discipline
Expulsion
Dealing with Deviationists: Scott Nearing and Edgar Snow
CHAPTER FIVE Fellowcountrymen
Appendix American and Soviet Cominternists
Comintern Representatives Serving in the United States
American Communist Party Representatives to the Communist International Who Were Stationed in Moscow
American Communists Serving in the Comintern in Minor Positions or Sent on Comintern Missions to Other Countries
Americans Holding Positions in the Communist International's Highest Bodies
"American" Signers of the "Call for the Formation of the Communist International"
Selected Readings
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Contributor:
Haynes, John Earl.
Anderson, Kyrill M.
Other format:
Print version: Klehr, Harvey The Soviet World of American Communism
ISBN:
9780300138009
9780300071504
OCLC:
923593476