A Slice of Socialist History
Against The Current vol. 121

Fried, Frank; Rodney, Lester

Publisher:  Against The Current
Date Written:  01/03/2006
Year Published:  2006  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13227

The following correspondence sheds light on a lesser-known period in U.S. socialist history during the 1950s. Frank Fried was a member of the Socialist Union, led by Bert Cochran, following the “Cochran Faction” expulsion from the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in 1953. He wrote this letter in response to a query from Hal Smith, a student engaged in research in the history of the Trotskyist movement. The subsequent comment by Lester Rodney, the longtime journalist who waged a long campaign in the 1930s and ’40s to break the “color line” in Major League Baseball, offers further perspective on the politics of the Communist Party in the period. Both are retired and living in California.

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