Revolutionary Age (Communist Party U.S.A. (Majority Group). Vol. 1 No. 9. March 1, 1930.

A packed early ‘Revolutionary Age’ with articles from ‘Lovestoneite’ leaders Will Herberg, Ben Gitlow, Bertram D Wolfe, Vert Miller and Jay Lovestone. Of note is Paul Frolich’s obituary for Ernst Meyer.

Revolutionary Age (Communist Party U.S.A. (Majority Group). Vol. 1 No. 9. March 1, 1930.

Contents: Charles E. Ruthenberg: Founder and Builder of Our Party by Jay Lovestone, Defend the Soviet Union by Alex Bail, Editorials, Ruthenberg Speaks, The Real Meaning of the ‘New Turn’ by Will Herberg, What is Happening in Mexico by Bertram D. Wolfe, What About the Needle Trades? by Ben Gitlow, For Fighting Proletarian Unity!, The Question of Technical Progress by Bert Miller, The Crisis in the Independent Shoe Workers Union by Edward Wright and Sidney Jonas, Philadelphia TUUL: A Shameful Performance by Clara Yampolsky, The ‘Non-Party’ I.L.D. by Elsie Pultur, Ernst Meyer by Paul Frolich, Party Life, In the Communist International.

Revolutionary Age began in 1929 and was published in New York City by the Communist Party U.S.A. Majority Group, lead by Jay Lovestone and Ben Gitlow and aligned with Bukharin in the Soviet Union and the International Communist (Right) Opposition in the Communist International. Workers Age was a weekly published between 1932 and 1941. Writers and or editors for Workers Age included Lovestone, Gitlow, Will Herberg, Lyman Fraser, Geogre F. Miles, Bertram D. Wolfe, Charles S. Zimmerman, Lewis Corey (Louis Fraina), Albert Bell, William Kruse, Jack Rubenstein, Harry Winitsky, Jack MacDonald, Bert Miller, and Ben Davidson. During the run of Workers Age, the ‘Lovestonites’ name changed from Communist Party (Majority Group) (November 1929-September 1932) to the Communist Party of the USA (Opposition) (September 1932-May 1937) to the Independent Communist Labor League (May 1937-July 1938) to the Independent Labor League of America (July 1938-January 1941), and often referred to simply as ‘CPO’ (Communist Party Opposition). While those interested in the history of Lovestone and the ‘Right Opposition’ will find the paper essential, students of the labor movement of the 1930s will find a wealth of information in its pages as well. Though small in size, the CPO plaid a leading role in a number of important unions, particularly in industry dominated by Jewish and Yiddish-speaking labor, particularly with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Local 22, the International Fur & Leather Workers Union, the Doll and Toy Workers Union, and the United Shoe and Leather Workers Union, as well as having influence in the New York Teachers, United Autoworkers, and others.

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