Agitprop : the life of an American working-class radical : by Eugene V. Dennett

By Eugene V. Dennett

Agitprop is the memoir of a Washington nation maritime and metal employee who was once an established activist within the American Federation of work, the Congress of business agencies, and the Communist occasion. Born to a Massachusetts operating category socialist kin, Dennett is an idealist who sought to unify theoretical precept, coverage, and perform in his way of life. His existence tale embodies broader subject matters that make this e-book an allegorical depiction of 1 man's trip via twentieth century working-class the USA.

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An insurance group, the International Worker's Order, serviced these language groups quite successfully for many years.  Then I discovered that most of the active leaders were unfamiliar with the academic background of the Party theories and relied instead on current orders and directives from the top national leaders.  Our speakers continually Page 27 competed with IWW leader "Big" Jim Thompson who frequently spoke on Skid Road on the corner of Washington and Occidental streets in Seattle—an area which has been redesigned by the city planners and has lost its identity with its past.

He served time in McNeil Penitentiary where he was tortured because he was convicted of sedition for opposing the United States' entrance into World War I.  Instead capitalism would make war to redivide the world markets at the expense of the workers.  I found some hints that seemed logical, although most workers were not really convinced. " Those are all entertaining theories, but nothing in the United States to date has worked out as theorized.

I explained that my father had been a dedicated Socialist party member for many years; that I had studied Marx's Das Kapital; that when I was going to high school our family subscribed to many liberal and radical papers and magazines for years, including the Daily Worker, the Butte Daily Bulletin, the Plentywood News, the Nation, The New Republic, and LaFollette's magazine; and that all our sympathies belonged to the working class.  I advised them that I had carefully studied the six­volume Lenin library, that I rejoiced in the successes of the Russian Revolution and hoped we could bring about socialism in the United States of America because that logic meant turning our society from a dog­eat­dog conflict into a cooperative society, where people worked in harmony and helped each other instead of climbing over their corpses to get ahead.

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