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Guide to the Communist League of America (Opposition) papers, 1929-1935

Abstract

The Communist League of America (CLA) was founded in 1929 by James P. Cannon, Max Schachtman, and Martin Abern following their expulsion in 1928 from the Workers (Communist) Party. In 1934 the CLA merged with the American Workers Party to form the Workers Party of the United States.

Collection contains correspondence, memoranda, internal party bulletins, financial reports and other documents relating to the activities of the Communist League of America.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Communist League of America (Opposition)
Title
Communist League of America (Opposition) papers 1929-1935
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.2 Linear Feet, 72 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Collection contains letters, memoranda, internal party bulletins, financial reports, and other documents relating to the activities of the Communist League of America (Opposition) and the publication of its newspaper, The Militant. Includes correspondence between James P. Cannon and Martin Abern and other party organizers including S. Gendelman in New Haven, Connecticut.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Papers, February 1929-June 1934
Box 1 Folder 1
Papers, July 1934-July 1935
Box 1 Folder 2
Resolutions and minutes, 1935 and undated
Box 1 Folder 3

Historical Note

The Communist League of America (Opposition) (CLA) was founded in 1929 by James P. Cannon, Max Schachtman, and Martin Abern following their 1928 expulsion from the Workers Party for fostering the International Left Opposition associated with Leon Trotsky. Cannon, Schachtman, and Abern likened Trotsky's attack on intra-party bureaucratism in the Russian Communist Party to similar trends in the American party. The League was formally established in May 1929 at a Founding Conference held in Chicago. CLA membership never exceeded 200 members and in 1934 the party merged with A.J. Muste's American Workers party to form the Workers Party of the United States. The group also published a party newspaper, The Militant.

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Communist League of America (Opposition) Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Communist League of America (Opposition) papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Josh Larkin Rowley, July 2012

Encoded by Josh Larkin Rowley, July 2012

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2011-0216

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.