Cover, Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I would like to express my appreciation to Seymour Faber, Robert A. Hill, Selma James, Nettie Kravitz, Kathryne V. Lindberg, Scott McLemee, Aldon L. Nielsen, and Diane R. Voss for the help and support they provided for this book. Discussions with Alice and Staughton Lynd always helped to clarify ideas. ...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xxxiii

I first saw C. L. R. James when he came to the United States in 1938. He was a leader of the British Trotskyist group and a prominent figure in the international Trotskyist movement. He had already published Minty Alley, a novel; The Block Jacobins, the classic history of the Haitian revolution; ...

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1. Education, Propaganda, Agitation: Post-War America and Bolshevism

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pp. 3-42

We have found it necessary to make the main item on the plenum1 agenda the organizational question. The cause is a widespread recognition of the fact that after three years of grinding work in the factories the recruiting of new members has not only been far below expectations, but from all appearances is likely to continue so. ...

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2. Marxism for Our Times

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pp. 43-66

I speak as a close sympathiser of a Marxist organization whose headquarters are in the United States, and what I shall say this afternoon will try to explain an experience of it, where it is, how it has arrived there, and most essential thing, the relation of Marxism not only to politics but the way of life and thought of those who profess to live by its doctrines. ...

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3. Letters on Organization

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pp. 67-129

I have to write you a series of letters. They will be one a week unless you ask me to make them two. In them I shall be taking up fundamental problems of our movement, both in a general and a specific manner applied to the specific American situation. I shall send you two copies of all these letters. ...

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4. Perspectives and Proposals

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pp. 130-180

Ladies and gentlemen, I want to make clear that there are particular reasons why I have asked you to come to this particular meeting. First, you must be clear about one thing: I don't propose to ask you to join anything. I have nothing which you can join. Secondly, I not only do not propose to ask you to join anything with which I am associated, ...

Appendix: Theory and Practice

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pp. 181-200

Index

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pp. 201-206