The Class Struggle. Vol. 2 No. 5. December, 1918.

This packed issue of Class Struggle from the end of 1918 has a number of important articles, documents, and reprints. Marx’s 1880 letter to Polish comrades, Ludwig Lore’s look at the opening of the German Revolution, Sen Katayama on Japan’s food riots, Maxim Gorky on the ‘Torrent of Revolution’, and Trotsky’s account of being held by British authorities in Canada to name a few. The contributions by Lenin and Trotsky are linked to online text below.

The Class Struggle. Vol. 2 No. 5. December, 1918.

Contents: A Letter to American Workingmen By N. Lenin, Bridging the Gap of State Socialism by William J. Fielding, In British Captivity By Leon Trotzky, A Finnish Document by Z. Hoglund (Stockholm), The Awakening of Austria Victor Adler’s Last Speech, A Letter to Polish Socialists (27 September 1880) by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Paul LaFargue, F. Lessner, New Germany by Ludwig Lore, The Torrent of the Revolution by Maxim Gorki, A Japanese Interpretation of the Recent Food Riots by Sen Katayama, Economic and Menshevik Determinism by Maurice Blumlein, Editorials: The Bubble Has Burst, Eugene V. Debs, The Red Flag, One Meaure for All, “Our” Peace Delegates, Victor Adler, Documents: A Protest of the Independent Labor Party of England, An Appeal of the Soviet Government, Abrogation of the Brest Treaty Between Russia and Turkey, Chicherin’s Note.

The Class Struggle is considered the first pro-Bolshevik journal in the United States and began in the aftermath of Russia’s February Revolution. A bi-monthly published between May 1917 and November 1919 in New York City by the Socialist Publication Society, its original editors were Ludwig Lore, Louis B. Boudin, and Louis C. Fraina. The Class Struggle became the primary English-language paper of the Socialist Party’s left wing and emerging Communist movement. Its last issue was published by the Communist Labor Party of America.

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