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By Harry Haywood

A baby of slaves, Harry Haywood grew to become a pioneer theorist of Black energy and a pace-setter of the communist circulate within the thirties. Black Bolshevik is a dramatic and private narrative of 50 years of the Black fight and the yank left, together with first-hand bills of the Chicago race insurrection of 1919, the security of the Scotsboro Boys, organizing sharecroppers within the South, and the Spanish Civil battle. writer of the vintage 'Negro Liberation,' member of the Communist Party's Politburo and head of its Negro division within the thirties, Haywood was once expelled as a dissident within the fifties. Amiri Baraka known as this a 'powerful political journal... The sweep of historical past and occasion contained during this e-book will fascinate any severe reader.'

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The degeneration of the leading cadres of the Russian party, and of all the other parties of the Comintern, including the American party, followed the same general pattern and was induced by the same basic causes as the degeneration of the Second International. The great majority of the leading cadres of the Russian party, and of all the other parties of the Comintern, betrayed the program. But not all. Once again the old organizations provided the forces, out of their own ranks, to begin the determined struggle for the old program.

But then, I suppose you will recognize that the considered interpretations of the various participants, of events recollected in tranquillity long afterward, can also throw light on the period from different sides. My statement (letter of April 21) that the Unity Convention in the spring of 1921 "brought a new leadership (LovestoneCannon, plus Weinstone and Bittelman) to the fore" requires a certain qualification. It certainly was "new," since not a single one of the decisive four had played a central part before; but it should also be described as an interim leadership.

LETTERS TO A HISTORIAN I 47 Four ways of viewing the early Communist Party JULY 20, 1954 I enclose a manuscript* which attempts to explain the transformation of the Communist Party in the last half of the Twenties and gives my view of the basic causes. You will note that I have left out all reference to the various incidents and turns of events which you inquired about in your letters dealing with this time. I will answer these questions separately, as well as I can from memory. But the more I thought about this period, the more it became clear to me that the factual story can be meaningful only if it is placed within a framework of interpretation.

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