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Tracy B. Strong

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226623191

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226623368.001.0001

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Whither Progressive Politics?

Whither Progressive Politics?

(p.207) 8 Whither Progressive Politics?
Learning One's Native Tongue

Tracy B. Strong

University of Chicago Press

The success of the Bolshevik Revolution leads many in America to seek out the reasons for its success, as a lesson for their own country. The American Communist Party is founded in 1919. It goes through a set of policy changes until in 1930 Earl Browder is named General Secretary. He tries to develop the Party as a more natively American force – in 1936 he runs for President on the slogan ‘Communism is Twentieth Century Americanism.’ During the 1930’s the Part is a notable presence in various aspects of American politics. This comes to naught, for after Roosevelt’s death in 1945, the Soviets reassert control of the American Party, the leadership of which, apart from Browder, capitulate to Moscow. Truman succeeds Roosevelt and the grounds for the Cold War are laid.

Keywords:   Lenin and the Party, Max Schachtman, Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA), Earl Browder, the ‘fronts’, Teheran Conference, Communist Political Association (CPA), John Steinbeck, China Hands in the State Department, Jacques Duclos

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