The Roots of American Communism

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8
The Revolutionary Age

MEANWHILE, in the first months of the Revolution, few native Americans could make the trip to Russia. The rest of the Left Wing had to find its inspiration at home.

As long as The New International carried the main burden of propaganda for the Left Wing, no great progress was possible. The Socialist Propaganda League was too small and poor to be able to put its paper out regularly, though it claimed to have twenty branches in twelve states by the summer of 1917. 1 At first the paper appeared every two weeks, but lack of funds forced a suspension of publication between July 21 and October 1, 1917, the very period the Bolsheviks in Russia were rapidly moving toward the seizure of power. The paper reappeared as a monthly for two months, then it took three more months to get out the last number on February 1, 1918.

The Boston Left Wing was able to lead the way for another year by capturing control of the official Socialist city organization. As a result, in the spring of 1918, the Boston City Committee decided to call Fraina to take charge of its educational work. 2 When he moved from New York to Boston, the propaganda center of the Left Wing moved with him. By the end of the year, he was able to put out a successor to The New International. As the official organ of the Boston local of the Socialist party, The Revolutionary Age came out in November 1918. 3 It was scheduled to appear three times a week,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - The Historic Left 11
  • 2 - The Age of Unrest 36
  • 3 - The New Left Wing 50
  • 4 - Influences and Influencers 65
  • 5 - The Left at War 80
  • 6 - The Reflected Glory 97
  • 7 - Roads to Moscow 114
  • 8 - The Revolutionary Age 131
  • 9 - The Real Split 148
  • 10 - The Great Schism 164
  • 12 - The Underground 197
  • 13 - The Second Split 210
  • 14 - Spies, Victims, and Couriers 226
  • 15 - The Crisis of Communism 246
  • 16 - To the Masses! 267
  • 17 - The Revolution Devours Its Children 282
  • 18 - New Forces 303
  • 19 - The Legal Party 327
  • 20 - The Manipulated Revolution 345
  • 21 - The Two-Way Split 353
  • 22 - The Raid 363
  • 23 - The Transformation 376
  • Notes 399
  • Acknowledgments 459
  • Index 463
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