Working Class USA: The Power and the Movement

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chapter 8 the future works Socialism and the Working Class

Lenin and the U.S. Working Class

[From the introduction to New Outlook Publishers' 1970edition of V. I. Lenin's Letter to American Workers.]

LENIN'S LETTER TO AMERICAN WORKERS,1 WRITTEN IN 1918, IS ONE of history's most interesting and most unusual documents. It is a letter written from the barricades of a successful revolution. It is a letter written by a head of a workers' state to workers of another land. It is a family letter, a letter of mutual confidence between class brothers and sisters. It is not a letter in the form of a Russian writing to Americans, but from one worker to another. It is an inspiring revolutionary message -- a message from a victorious class. With no bravado or boasting, it conveys a deep sense of revolutionary confidence.

Lenin's letter is a report to U.S. workers on the nature of a critical, historic moment in the world and on the criminal activities of U.S. imperialism.

Lenin wrote the letter at a most explosive turning point of human history, at a moment when the first revolution establishing workingclass power had achieved its victory. It was a moment of great victory but also a moment when the new so-

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