File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1997/97-01-29.113, message 56


Date: Tue, 28 Jan 97 20:09:42 UT
Subject: M-I: Histories of American Communism



Dear Doug and all list-members, 

Some I would recommend are the following:

Robin D. G. Kelley, Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Depression 
(University of North Carolina, 1988)

Roger Keeran, The Commuist Party and the Auto Workers Unions (University of 
Illinois, 1981; International Publishers, 1989)

Gerald Horne, Black Liberation/Red Scare: Ben Davis and the Communist Party 
(Univeraity of Delaware, 1994)

Horne, Communist Front? The Civil Rights Congress, 1946-56 (1988)

Brown, et.al. New Studies in the Politics and Culture of U.S. Communism (with 
severe reservations) (Monthly Review Press, 1994)

Arthur Sabin, Red Scare in Court (university of Pittsburgh, 1994)

Philip S. Foner and James Allen, American Communism and Black Americans:A 
Documentary History (Temple Univ., 1982)

Philip S. Foner, History of the Labor Movement in the U. S.(vols. 8, 9 and 10) 
(international, 1988-1994)
 
The ONLY decent general history that comes to mind is *old*:

William Z. Foster, History of the Communist Party of the United States 
(International, 1952)

Biographies/Autobiographies:

Helen Camp, Iron in Her Soul: The Life of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (University 
of Indiana, 1995)

John Abt with Michael Myerson, Advocate and Activist:The Memoirs of an 
American Communist Lawyer (University of Illinois, 1993)

Autobiographies of William Patterson, Elizabeth Grley Flynn, William Z. 
Foster, Claude Lightfoot, Benjamin Davis and Hosea Hudson, available from 
International

Nell Irvin Painter, The Narrative of Hosea Hudson: His Life as a Negro 
Communist in the South (Harvard Uiversity Press, 1979)

With reservations:

Maurice Isserman, Which Side Were You On? The American Communist Party in the 
Second World War (Illinois) and If I Had A Hammer: The Death of the Old Left 
and the Birth of the New Left (also Illinois)

Fraser Ottanelli, The American Communist Party, 1919-1991 (Rutgers University, 
1991)

Edward Johanningsmeier, Forging American Communism: The Life of William Z. 
Foster ( Pittsburgh, 1994)
 
Of course the soure documents are most helpful:

Philip Bart, et al. Highlights of a Fighting History: 60 yrs. of the CPUSA 
(International, 1979)

Eugene Dennis, Ideas they Cannot Jail (International, 1951)

and of course all convention reports, constitutional revisions, etc. 

If I find more, I'll add on. Also, I am always looking for more books on Party 
history. If you know of any, please email me!

Comradely, Charlotte


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