Workers Party (1940-1949)

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The Workers Party (1940-1949), a Trotskyist organization founded and led by Max Shachtman, split from the Socialist Workers Party in 1940, holding the Soviet Union to be a novel exploitative social formation, bureaucratic collectivism. Opposing the "two camps" of imperialism, the WP led struggles against the World War II no-strike pledge, and published Labor Action, a rank-and-file newspaper, and The New International, a political/theoretical journal, both continuing until 1958, when the successor to the WP, the Independent Socialist League (1949-1958) merged with the Socialist Party. The Workers Party was a source for many of the ideas, personalities and journals of the post-World War II non- and anti-communist left, and former members influenced the development of the Socialist Party and helped found the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (later Democratic Socialists of America).

From the guide to the Workers Party and Independent Socialist League Records, 1945-1958, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Max Shachtman Photographs, Bulk, 1930-1969, 1910s-1996, (Bulk: 1930s-1960s) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn George Breitman Papers 1928-1986. New York University, Tamiment Library
referencedIn Simons, Jesse. Jesse Simons papers, 1945-2000. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Walter Lowenfels Papers, Bulk, 1967-1977, circa 1942-circa 1977, (bulk 1967-1977) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Shachtman, Max, 1903-1972. Papers, 1917-1969. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Ernest Erber Papers, 1940s-2000s Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn George Breitman Papers, 1919-1986 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Independent Socialist League. Independent socialist press publications for the Worker's Party and the Independent Socialist League, 1940-1958. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Max Shachtman Papers, 1917-1969 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn J. B. S. (Jacob Benjamin Salutsky) Hardman Papers, 1908-1970 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
creatorOf Workers Party and Independent Socialist League Records, 1945-1958 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn George Breitman Papers, 1928-1986 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Jesse Simons Papers, 1945-2000 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Oral History of the American Left. Radical Histories. Oral histories, 1970-1980. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Hugo Oehler: Factional Documents and Spanish Civil War Reports, Correspondence and Ephemera, 1932-1937 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn John and Constantine Poulos Papers, Bulk, 1940-1950, circa 1921-1978, (Bulk 1940-1950) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Jesse Simons Papers, 1945-2000 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Oral History of the American Left: Radical Histories, 1920-1980 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Jacob Lofman Papers, 1928-1998 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
creatorOf Independent Socialist League. Independent Socialist League records, 1945-1958. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Tamiment Library Poster and Broadside Collection, Bulk, 1970-1990, 1904-1991, bulk 1970-1990 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith American Veterans Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Breitman, George person
associatedWith Erber, Ernest, 1913- person
associatedWith Gould, Nathan. person
associatedWith Hardman, J. B. S. (Jacob Benjamin Salutsky), 1882-1968 person
associatedWith Haskell, Gordon. person
associatedWith Independent Socialist League. corporateBody
associatedWith Labor action. corporateBody
associatedWith Labor vets bulletin. corporateBody
associatedWith Lofman, Jacob person
correspondedWith Lowenfels, Walter, 1897-1976 person
associatedWith McKinney, Ernest Rice, 1886-1984 person
associatedWith New international. corporateBody
associatedWith Oehler, Hugo. person
associatedWith Poulos, Constantine, 1916-1986 person
associatedWith Poulos, John, 1911-1980 person
associatedWith Shachtman, Max, 1903-1972. person
associatedWith Simons, Jesse. person
associatedWith Simons, Jesse. person
associatedWith Simons, Jesse. person
associatedWith Socialist Workers Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Tamiment Library. corporateBody
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Socialism--United States--20th century
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--United States--Periodicals
Communism--United States--20th century
Labor movement--United States--20th century
Veterans--United States--Political activity--1945-1960
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