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Leninism in Practice: Academic Reading

For @sapphicabstractions (part 1 of what will probably be a lot)

CPUSA and the American Old Left

  • The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century by Michael Denning
  • Japanese and Chinese Immigrant Activists: Organizing in American and International Communist Movements, 1919–1933 by Josephine Fowler
  • Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism by Erik S. McDuffie
  • Raising Reds: The Young Pioneers, Radical Summer Camps, and Communist Political Culture in the United States by Paul Mishler
  • The Communist International and US Communism, 1919-1929 by Jacob Zumoff
  • The Cry Was Unity: Communists and African Americans, 1917-36 by Mark Solomon
  • Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women’s Liberation by Kate Wiegand
  • The CIO’s Left-Led Unions edited by Steve Rossworm

Local Histories

  • Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression by Robin D.G. Kelley
  • Communists in Harlem during the Depression by Mark Naison
  • Red Chicago: American Communism at its Grassroots, 1928-35 by Randi Storch
  • Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights, and the New York City Teachers Union by Clarence Taylor
  • The History of the North Carolina Communist Party by Gregory S. Taylor


  • Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones by Carole Boyce Davies
  • Black Bolshevik: Autobiography of an Afro-American Communist by Harry Haywood
  • James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928 by Bryan D. Palmer
  • The Narrative of Hosea Hudson: His Life as a Negro Communist in the South by Nell Irvin Painter
  • Un-American: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution by Bill V. Mullen
  • The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s by Mary Helen Washington (series of biographical chapters on Charles White, Lloyd Brown, Frank London Brown, Alice Childress, and Gwendolyn Brooks)