The Communist International and U.S. Communism
1919 - 1929
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Year Published: 2015
Pages: 400pp ISBN: 9781608464876
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX20052
For most commentators the Comintern's role in the development of American Communism is wholly negative. Zumoff challenges this narrative.
The Communist Party of the United States of America was founded amid the wave of international revolutionary struggles inspired by the Russian Revolution, with the express goal of leading US workers in the struggle against capitalism. Despite these intentions, the first years of its existence were plagued by sectarianism, infighting, and an obsession over the need for an underground organization. It was only through the intervention of the Communist International (Comintern) that the party was pushed to "Americanize," come out from "the underground," and focus on the struggles for Black liberation. This unique contribution documents the positive contribution of the Comintern in its early revolutionary years and its decline under Stalin.