Of particular note in this issue of The Liberator, along with some fine radical art by Maurice Becker, William Gropper, and Art Young, are C.E. Ruthenberg’s article on President Harding, Claude McKay’s poem ‘Petrograd: May Day, 1923’, I.W.W. and Communist prisoner Harrison George’s blistering ‘Leavenworth: Ten Acres of Hell’, and finally Victor Serge’s ‘Intellectual Life in Russia’ written the previous year, which is linked to online text below.
The Liberator. Vol. 6 No. 8. August, 1923.
Contents: ‘The Silver Bugle by Robert Minor, Editorials: The Federated Farmer-Labor Party – Suppressors of News – The Capitalist-Socialist Press – The Word They Scare Leaders With – An Awful Tragedy – Scab Government – Gathering Clouds and the Red Lining, President Harding Makes a Swing Around the Circle by C.E. Ruthenberg, The Workers Party and the Federated Farmer-Labor Party by John Pepper, Petrograd: May Day, 1923 by Claude McKay, Intellectual Life in Russia by Victor Serge, Leavenworth: Ten Acres of Hell by Harrison George, On Joining the World Court by Scott Nearing, The Outline of Marriage by Floyd Dell, Sea-Change by Muna Lee reviewed by Louis Ginsberg, Soviet film The Fifth Year reviewed by Nancy Markoff. ART BY Frank Wlatz, Art Young, Hugo Gellert, Maurice Becker, Robert Minor. A. Blanchi, Russell, POETRY AND PROSE BY Louis Ginsberg, Claude McKay, Dabney Horton, John Noble, Elsa Gidlow, Lewis Browne.
The Liberator was published monthly from 1918, first established by Max Eastman and his sister Crystal Eastman continuing The Masses, was shut down by the US Government during World War One. Like The Masses, The Liberator contained some of the best radical journalism of its, or any, day. It combined political coverage with the arts, culture, and a commitment to revolutionary politics. Increasingly, The Liberator oriented to the Communist movement and by late 1922 was a de facto publication of the Party. In 1924, The Liberator merged with Labor Herald and Soviet Russia Pictorial into Workers Monthly. An essential magazine of the US left.
PDF of full issue: https://www.marxists.org/history/usa/culture/pubs/liberator/1923/08/v6n08-w64-aug-1923-liberator.pdf