Young Worker (Young Workers League-RWL). Vol. 1 No. 5. November, 1939.
Contents: The Revolutionary Struggle Against War, United States Bosses Prepare for War, Notes on American Youth, Builders of the Future, Bosses War and Youth.
Young Worker replaced Call to Action as the paper of the youth wing of the Revolutionary Workers League, the Young Workers League. The RWL was a 1935 split from the Workers Party of the U.S. led by James Cannon and allied with the Movement for the Fourth Interntional led by Leon Trotsky. Led by Hugo Oehler and Tom Stamm, the RWL opposed the ‘French Turn’ then happening in world Trotskyism whereby national sections were joining left-moving Socialist Parties. At first the RWL’s youth group was called Left Wing of the Spartacist Youth Clubs denoting its oppositional stance to the Workers Party, but was soon replaced by the Young Workers League. Call to Action was published in New York between 1945 and 1936. Fighting Worker and the RWL at first positioned themselves as oppositional Trotskyists, but by 1938 refuted Trotsky and his international movement as “degenerate.’, The exact date of Trotsky’s degeneration causing an organizational split between the group’s founders and, for a time, two rival Revolutionary Workers Leagues with papers called Fighting Worker. Oehler went to Spain to make contact with the POUM but was arrested during their suppression. Declaring a rival Provisional International Contact Commission for the New Communist (Fourth) International in 1938, they briefly joined with the Leninist League (UK) and the Revolutionary Communist Organization (Austria). Fighting Worker would be published monthly and then every two weeks in Chicago and New York. After suffering a series of splits in the late 1930s, including of Tom Stamm, the RWL went into decline and Fighting Worker ceased publishing entirely in 1947. In addition to Fighting Worker, the RWL published local, labor, and theoretical papers.
PDF of full issue: https://archive.org/download/young_worker-1939-11/young_worker-1939-11.pdf