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The Communist International and US Communism, 1919-1929
Jacob A. Zumoff, "The Communist International and US Communism, 1919-1929"
2014 | ISBN-10: 9004219609 | 444 pages | PDF | 2 MB

Since the Cold War, most historians have set up an opposition between the "American" and "international" aspects of early American Communism. This book examines the development of the Communist Party in its first decade, from 1919 to 1929. Using the archives of the Communist International, this book, in contrast to previous studies, argues that the International played an important role in the early part of this decade in forcing the party to "Americanise". Special attention is given to the attempts by the Comintern to orient American Communists on the role of black oppression, and to see the struggle for black liberation and the fight for socialism as inextricably linked. The later sections of the book provide the most detailed account now available of how the Comintern, reflecting the Stalinisation of the Soviet Union, intervened in the American party to ensure the Stalinisation of American Communism.
Biographical note
Jacob A. Zumoff, PhD (2003) in history, University of London, has lectured at several universities, including as a visiting professor at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and, most recently, New Jersey City University. He has published on the labour movement and racial oppression in the Americas.
Those interested in the radical left and labour movement in the United States; the struggle for black equality; the history of the international Communist movement, as well as political and intellectual historians more generally.
"In many ways Jacob Zumoff's recent in-depth look at the earliest years of the Communist movement in the U.S. affirms Theodore Draper's earlier work, but it has much to offer on its own, especially in today's political climate. [] What makes Zumoff's work particularly relevant, in addition to his use of Russian sources, is what it says about the political realities of today, particularly pertaining to the S election of 2016."
Beverly Tomek, WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society, September 2015, pp. 516-518.
"Jacob Zumoff's book is a major contribution to the history of the CPUSA and of the Communist International itself in its first decade. Based on meticulous scholarship and rigorous analysis, it will become the standard text on the party's first decade. But, more importantly, the book also serves as a vital tool for those who today view the history of the early Communist International - and the successes and failures of the CPUSA - not merely as a topic of historical enquiry but as a crucial programmatic component for today's struggles to build a party that can lead a successful workers' revolution."
Tony Collins, Marx and Philosophy
"[] this fully indexed book, with extensive footnotes and references, will be of enduring value as a reference work for avowed socialists as well as scholars of communism. It is also a fun and interesting read and belongs in the toolkits of everyone seeking a coherent revolutionary program and lessons on building an organization capable of leading the working class in revolutionary struggle to sweep away capitalist imperialism."
Workers Vanguard No. 1067, 1 May 2015

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