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William Z. Foster: 'Lenin Cleared the Road for Socialism in America!'

by starry messenger on 09-10-2011 at 09:12 PM
Comrade Lenin of Russia
Rises in the marble tomb
On guard with the fighters forever -
The world is our room!

- Langston Hughes, Ballad of Lenin

Lenin put American Communism on a hard scientific footing. Daniel Mason reports that "The interplay between Lenin and the United States was very extensive. Lenin had learned the English language early in his career and became an avid student of US economics, politics, education and social life."

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Jessica Mitford, the Communist Party & HUAC

by starry messenger on 07-25-2011 at 10:10 PM
also some of her muckraking work & family history.

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Upton Sinclair--California's 1934 EPIC Campaign for Governor

by starry messenger on 07-09-2011 at 11:47 PM




Upton Sinclair's EPIC Campaign

Of all the left-wing mass movements that year, Upton Sinclair's End Poverty in California (EPIC) crusade proved most influential, and not just in helping to push the New Deal to the left.
Back in the autumn of 1934, political analysts, financial columnists and White House aides for once agreed: Sinclair's victory in the primary marked the

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End of Empire

by starry messenger on 06-12-2011 at 01:20 PM


Construction slump creates a Sheetrock ghost town

Empire, Nev., is last intact example of an American icon: the company town.

EMPIRE, Nev. This mining town of 300 people clings like a burr to the back of the Black Rock Desert.

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