The Labor Herald. Vol. 2 No. 10. December, 1923.

The Labor Herald. Vol. 2 No. 10. December, 1923.

Contents: The Development of Independent Working Class Political Action in Minnesota by C.A. Hathaway, Gompers Shows Seattle Where to Head In by Hulet M. Wells, The Origin and Growth of the British Labor Party by J.T. Murphy, The Social Role of Fascism by Wm. Z. Foster, Militant Miners’ Leader to Prison by Tom Bell, The Awakening Miners by Thos. Myerscough, Toward Industrial Unionism In Germany by Paul Hoyer, Compulsory Arbitration by Jay Fox, League Entertainments and Dances, Railway Carmen Vote on Amalgamation by O.H. Wangerin, Legal Status of the Russian Workers by Moissaye J. Olgin, Expulsions Please Clothing Bosses by I.L. Davidson, Who’s Who In Prison Eugene Barnett by Ralph Chaplin, Editorials, The International,

The Labor Herald was the monthly publication of the Trade Union Educational League (TUEL), in immensely important link between the IWW of the 1910s and the CIO of the 1930s. It was begun by veteran labor organizer and Communist leader William Z. Foster in 1920 as an attempt to unite militants within various unions while continuing the industrial unionism tradition of the IWW, though it was opposed to “dual unionism” and favored the formation of a Labor Party. Although it would become financially supported by the Communist International and Communist Party of America, it remained autonomous, was a network and not a membership organization, and included many radicals outside the Communist Party. In 1924 Labor Herald was folded into Workers Monthly, an explicitly Party organ and in 1927 ‘Labor Unity’ became the organ of a now CP dominated TUEL. In 1929 and the turn towards Red Unions in the Third Period, TUEL was wound up and replaced by the Trade Union Unity League, a section of the Red International of Labor Unions (Profitern) and continued to publish Labor Unity until 1935. Labor Herald remains an important labor-orientated journal by revolutionaries in US left history and would be referenced by activists, along with TUEL, along after it’s heyday.

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