The New Masses. Vol. 33 No. 3. October 10, 1939.

The New Masses. Vol. 33 No. 3. October 10, 1939.

Contents: Hitler Loses the Baltic by AIter Brody, War-Bulletin: Number 5 by Major Allen Johnson, Save the Bill of Rights!, The New Balance of Power by Joseph Starobin, Daladier Shows His Hand by Philippe Deval, Virtuosi of Confusion by A.B. Magil, Associated Farmers: Sowers of Fascism by Helen Hosmer, Ben Gitlow The Informer by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Editorial Comment, Hitler and German Imperialism by Samuel Sillen, Brief Reviews, Book Notes, SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Donald Duck and the Milk Trust by James Dugan, New Films by James Dugan, New Play by C. J., Art by William Gropper, McGill, Mischa Richter, Ad Reinhardt, Gardner Rea, John Heliker.

The New Masses was the continuation of Workers Monthly which began publishing in 1924 as a merger of the ‘Liberator’, the Trade Union Educational League magazine ‘Labor Herald’, and Friends of Soviet Russia’s monthly ‘Soviet Russia Pictorial’ as an explicitly Communist Party publication, but drawing in a wide range of contributors and sympathizers. In 1927 Workers Monthly ceased and The New Masses began. A major left cultural magazine of the late 1920s and early 1940s, the early editors of The New Masses included Hugo Gellert, John F. Sloan, Max Eastman, Mike Gold, and Joseph Freeman. Writers included William Carlos Williams, Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passos, Upton Sinclair, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Day, John Breecher, Langston Hughes, Eugene O’Neill, Rex Stout and Ernest Hemingway. Artists included Hugo Gellert, Stuart Davis, Boardman Robinson, Wanda Gag, William Gropper and Otto Soglow. Over time, the New Masses became narrower politically and the articles more commentary than comment. However, particularly in it first years, New Masses was the epitome of the era’s finest revolutionary cultural and artistic traditions.

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