The New Masses. Vol. 26 No. 10. March 1, 1938.

The New Masses. Vol. 26 No. 10. March 1, 1938.

Contents: Concerted Action or Isolation by Earl Browde, The Sacrifice of Austria by R. Palme Dutt, Ballad of the Civil Guard A Poem by Federico Garcia Lorca, Without Bands or Medals by Hyde Partnow, Editorial Comment, The Sokolsky Gimmes by Robert Forsythe, Rehearsal at Dearborn by Bruce Minton, Murder, That’s Not News by Michael Brush, Readers’ Forum, Twentieth-Century Americanism by Louis B. Boudin, Hitler’s Road to War by Theodore Draper, Transition to Socialism by Joshua Kunitz, Post-War Boston by Milton Meltzer, Brief Reviews by Granville Hicks, Richard H. Rovere, Joseph Frank, Broadway Marks Time by Charles E. Dexter, Mark Twain: Script Writer by James Dugan, Forthcoming Broadcasts, Art work by Ad Reinhardt, Anton Refregier, Henry Simon, A. Ajay, Arthur Getz, Mischa Richter, Gardner Rea, A. Marculescu, John Heliker, Eastwood, Charles Martin, Stanley DeGraff.

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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