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Guide to the Workers League for a Revolutionary Party papers, 1936-1947 (bulk 1945-1947)

Abstract

The Workers League for a Revolutionary Party was formed by George Spiro in 1938 as the Leninist League. In the mid-1940s the party became critical of Leninism and Marxism and changed its name to the Workers League for a Revoluionary Party. The Party was a splinter group of the Trotskyist party, the Revolutionary Workers League (RWL).

Collection contains letters, memoranda, meeting minutes, and other documents relating to the activities of the Workers League for a Revolutionary Party.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Workers League for a Revolutionary Party.
Title
Workers League for a Revolutionary Party papers 1936-1947 (bulk 1945-1946)
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.25 Linear Feet, 85 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Collection contains correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, and other assorted documents relating to the activites of the Workers League for a Revolutionary Party and their publications, In Defense of Bolshevism and, later, the Bulletin. Topics discussed are mainly ideological in nature and include the break with the Revolutionary Workers League (RWL), Stalinism, Trotskyism, World War II, Unionism, and various party platforms. Political developments in Poland, Bulgaria, China, and Czechoslovakia are also discussed.

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Contents of the Collection

Historical Note

The Workers League for a Revolutionary Party, originally the Leninist League of the United States, was founded by George Spiro in 1938. Spiro, known as George Marlin (a portmanteau of Marx and Lenin), formed the party after an ideological conflict with the Revolutionary Workers League (RWL), formed by Hugo Oehler as a Trotskyist movement within the Workers Party of the United States. The conflict arose after RWL's rejection of Trotskyism. Spiro and his followers, known as Marlenites, felt that the Leninsit League did not go far enough in vocalizing its rejection of Trotskyism and Trotsky himself. The party published a newspaper, In Defense of Bolshevism. Interpreteing the Second World War as a war on the proletariat, the party became critical of both Leninism and Marxism, and in 1946, changed its name to the Workers League for a Revlutionary Party. Amidst internal dissent, the party dissolved around 1950.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Revolutionary Workers League papers, 1935-1945 (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University)
  • Communist League of America papers, 1929-1935 (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

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

Processing Information

Processed by Josh Larkin Rowley, April 2012

Encoded by Josh Larkin Rowley, April 2012

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2011-0217

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.