Spivak, John L. (John Louis), 1897-1981

John Louis Spivak, born June 13, 1897 in New Haven, CT, was an American journalist, who wrote articles and books on the rise of fascism, anti-Semitism, and the problems of the working class. Spivak wrote for the Daily Worker, New Masses, Ken, and the Call, the paper of the American Socialist Party, in addition to other other publications. During the rise of McCarthyism, Spivak wrote under pseudonyms, including Monroe Fry. His book credits include Georgia Nigger (1933), Europe Under the Terror (1936), Secret Armies: the New Technique of Nazi Warfare (1939), Honorable Spy: Exposing Japanese Military Intrigue in the United States (1939), Shrine of the Silver Dollar (1940), Sex, Vice and Business (1959), and his autobiography, A Man In His Time (1967). He passed away on September 30, 1981 in Philadelphia, PA.

From the guide to the John L. Spivak Photographs, undated, (Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive)


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