Lessons of the Early CPUSA (Part 2)

CPUSASee Socialist Appeal issue 56 or visit our website for part one of this article, which covers the party’s early days, the Foreign Language Federations, and the split with the Socialist Party.

Lessons of the Early CPUSA (Part 1)

In January of 1917, a meeting was held in New York City to begin organizing the left-wing of the Socialist Party of America. They wanted to publish a regular Marxist paper, which would be a tool to win over the rank and file of the SP to a Marxist program. There were approximately 20 people at this meeting, one of whom was Leon Trotsky. Trotsky was new to New York and the USA. Soon after the meeting, he would leave the U.S. and go back to Russia and play the role of co-leader of the first successful workers’ revolution, while the SP left-wing would go forward and eventually become the Communist Party.

The 75th Anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters Strike (Part 2)

Police attack TeamstersAfter a bitter coal yard workers’ strike and organizing campaign in early 1934, Teamsters Local 574 won the right to represent thousands of workers in Minneapolis. But by May, a second strike became necessary, after the trucking and warehouse bosses refused to recognize the local. See Socialist Appeal 48 or visit our website for part 1 of this article.

The History of Labor Day

Labor Day Parade 1882Every year, workers across the United States celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September.  It is seen as a marker of the end of Summer, the start of football season, and the return to school for millions of students. But what is the origin of this holiday?  What is its relation to the internationally celebrated Labor Day on May 1st?

The 75th Anniversary of the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters Strike (Part 1)

1934 Teamsters StrikeThe 1934 Teamsters strike in Minneapolis, led by the Trotskyists of the Communist League of America (the forerunner of the Socialist Workers Party), was a decisive moment in the US labor and socialist movements. During the years preceding the strike, few would have expected the upsurge that took place in 1934.