International Socialist Review. Vol. 3 No. 9. March, 1903.

A fine number of the Review. The most insightful early Marxist on race and Black oppression in the U.S., Isaac Max Rubinow (I.M. Robbins), begins his years long essential series in ISR with ‘The Industrial Development of the South,’ May Wood Simons defends ‘economic determinism,’ reports of Socialist Party debates, and leading early S.P. intellectual A.M. Simons review Kropotkin’s ‘Mutual Aid.’

International Socialist Review. Vol. 3 No. 9. March, 1903.

Contents: The Industrial Development of the South by Dr. I.M. Rubinow, The Economic Interpretation of History by May Wood Simons, Meeting of National Executive Committee, Organized Labor and the Militia, Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid” by A.M. Simons, The Historical Study of Sociology by H.W. Boyd Mackey, Editorial: Observation of Present Party Affairs, World of Labor, Book Reviews by Max S. Hayes,

The International Socialist Review (ISR) was published monthly in Chicago from 1900 until 1918 by Charles H. Kerr and critically loyal to the Socialist Party of America. It is one of the essential publications in U.S. left history. During the editorship of A.M. Simons it was largely theoretical and moderate. In 1908, Charles H. Kerr took over as editor with strong influence from Mary E Marcy. The magazine became the foremost proponent of the SP’s left wing growing to tens of thousands of subscribers. It remained revolutionary in outlook and anti-militarist during World War One. It liberally used photographs and images, with news, theory, arts and organizing in its pages. It articles, reports and essays are an invaluable record of the U.S. class struggle and the development of Marxism in the decades before the Soviet experience. It was closed down in government repression in 1918.

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