Bedacht, Max, 1883-1972

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Max Bedacht was a communist activist and theoretician. After an impoverished childhood and career as a journeyman barber and trade union leader in Germany and Switzerland, he immigrated to the United States in 1908 where he supported himself as a barber and German language newspaper editor. Bedacht became an early leader of the German Federation of the Socialist Party in California, while continuing to edit German language and labor newspapers in Detroit, San Francisco and South Dakota. From World War I onward his sympathies were increasingly with the left wing of the Socialist Party and at the 1919 convention he joined the Communist Labor Party. Caught up in the Palmer Raids in California and Chicago, he was arrested and tried for conspiracy. He was convicted but never imprisoned and was soon traveling to Europe and Russia as an international delegate for the American Communist Party.

From the guide to the Max Bedacht Autobiographical Typescript: On the Path of Life: Memoirs of Your Father, 1967, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

Max Bedacht was a communist activist and theoretician. After an impoverished childhood and career as a journeyman barber and trade union leader in Germany and Switzerland, he immigrated to the United States in 1908 where he supported himself as a barber and German language newspaper editor. Bedacht became an early leader of the German Federation of the Socialist Party in California, while continuing to edit German language and labor mewspapers in Detroit, San Francisco and South Dakota. From World War I onward his sympathies were increasingly with the left wing of the Socialist Party and at the 1919 convention he joined the Communist Labor Party. Caught up in the Palmer Raids in California and Chicago, he was arrested and tried for conspiracy. He was convicted but never imprisoned and was soon travelling to Europe and Russia as an international delegate for the American Communist Party.

From the description of On the path of life [manuscript] : the memoirs of your father. 1967. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84972496

From the description of On the path of life [manuscript] : the memoirs of your father. 1967. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 477854685

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referencedIn Draper, Theodore, 1912-2006. Theodore Draper research files, 1919-1970. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn International Workers Order. Records, 1930-1956 (bulk 1945-1951). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn International Workers Order Records, Bulk, 1945-1951, 1930-1956, (Bulk 1940-1951) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
creatorOf Max Bedacht Autobiographical Typescript: On the Path of Life: Memoirs of Your Father, 1967 Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Samuel Adams Darcy Papers, Bulk, 1930-1945, 1924-1985, bulk 1930-1945 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Earl Browder Papers, 1879-1990 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Bedacht, Max, 1883-1972. On the path of life [manuscript] : the memoirs of your father. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
referencedIn Darcy, Samuel, 1905-. Papers, 1924-1985 (bulk 1930-1945). Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Bedacht, Max, 1883-1972. On the path of life [manuscript] : the memoirs of your father. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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associatedWith Browder, Earl, 1891-1973. person
associatedWith Chambers, Whittaker person
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associatedWith Communist International. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Darcy, Samuel, 1905- person
associatedWith Draper, Theodore, 1912-2006. person
associatedWith International Workers Order. corporateBody
associatedWith Ruthenberg, Charles E. (Charles Emil), 1882-1927. person
associatedWith Socialist Party (U.S.) corporateBody
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Communists--Biography
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Death 1972

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