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Guide to the Revolutionary Workers League papers, 1935-1945

Abstract

The Revolutionary Workers League (RWL) was a radical left group in the United States active from 1935 until about 1947. The League was formed by Hugo Oehler in November 1935 following a split from the Workers Party (WP), a split precipitated by the party's decision to merge the WP with the Socialist Party. It published the Fighting Worker newspaper.

Collection contains letters, memoranda, meeting minutes, party bulletins, financial reports, circulars, and other documents relating to the activities of the Revolutionary Workers League, 1935-1945.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Revolutionary Workers League.
Title
Revolutionary Workers League papers 1935-1945
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, 148 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains letters, memoranda, meeting minutes, party bulletins, financial reports, circulars, and other documents relating to the activities of the Revolutionary Workers League, 1935-1945. Also present are documents relating to the defense of Russell Blackwell, arrested in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Clippings, 1938 and undated
Box 1 Folder 1
Internal Communications: 1935 February-June
Box 1 Folder 2
Internal Communications: 1935 July-1938 September
Box 1 Folder 3
Internal Communications: 1938 October-1939 October
Box 1 Folder 4
Internal Communications: 1939 November-1945 February
Box 1 Folder 5
Event circulars, 1937-1939 and undated
Box 1 Folder 6
Meeting minutes, 1935 June-1936 March
Box 1 Folder 7
Financial papers, 1935, 1939
Box 1 Folder 8
Negrete Defense, 1938 June-1939 February and undated
Box 1 Folder 9

Historical Note

The Revolutionary Workers League (RWL) was a radical left group in the United States formed in 1935 and active until about 1947. The League was formed by Hugo Oehler in November 1935 following a split from the Workers Party (WP), a split precipitated by the party's decision to merge the WP with the Socialist Party of America. In 1937 the League renounced Trotskyism altogether, although disputes arose within the League as to precisely when Trotsky abandoned Marxism. In the Spanish Civil War the RWL supported the Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista de España (POUM). Oehler and party member Russell Blackwell were present in Spain in July 1937. Blackwell remained in Spain in support of POUM and was eventually arrested by Nationalist forces. The party also published the Fighting Worker newspaper.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Workers League for a Revolutionary Party papers, 1945-1946 (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University)
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  • Socialist Party records, 1900-1987 and undated (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Revolutionary Workers League Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Revolutionary Workers League papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Josh Larkin Rowley, April 2012

Encoded by Josh Larkin Rowley, May 2012

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2011-0215

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.