What are some worthwhile books on the history of the CPUSA?


Though we don’t agree with all the conclusions of the authors of the following works, we can recommend history books such as:

The CP and the Auto Workers Union,by Roger Keeran, paperback edition issued by International Publishers, originally published in hard cover by Indiana University Press, 1980

One Union in Wood, William Tattum and Jerry Lembcke, International Publishers, 1984

The Cry Was Unity, by Mark Solomon, University Press of Mississippi, 1998

The Cultural Front, by Michael Demming

My Song is a Weapon, Robbie Lieberman

Communists in Harlem, by Mark Naison

Class Struggle in Hollywood 1930-1950, by Gerald Horne, University of Texas Press, 2001

Black and Red, by Gerald Horne

Jury Woman, by Mary Timothy, Glide Publications/Emty Press, 1974-by the foreperson of the Angela Davis jury, a fascinating account from inside the jury box of the legal and mass defense of Angela Davis.

And many others.

There are many fine biographies and autobiographies of Party leaders and members, including:

Ganbatte, autobiography of Karl Yoneda, Asian American Studies Center, University of California, 1983, Japanese American union organizer, longshoreman, survivor of the U. S. Government incarceration of Japanese Americans in concentration camps.

The Narrative of Hosea Hudson, by Nell Irvin Painter, edited transcriptions of interviews with Hosea Hudson, Harvard University Press, 1979.

Black Worker in the Deep South, by Hosea Hudson, autobiography of African American union activist in the South from the 1930s to the 70s, International Publishers, 1972.

Working Class Hero, by Arthur Zipzer, International Publishers. A biography of William Z. Foster, leader of the 1919 Steel Strike, long-time leader of the CPUSA. See also Foster’s book, Pages from a Worker’s Life.

Dangerous Scot, by John Williamson, International Publishers, 1969. Communist leader who was deported to Scotland after being declared “persona non grata” by the U. S. Government.

Fiddle and Fight, by Russell Brodine, the story of a musician’s fight for unions and decent working conditions for classical musicians, International Publishers, 2001.

Communist Councilman From Harlem, Benjamin J. Davis, elected to the NY City Board of Alderman, International Publishers, 1969.

The Man Who Cried Genocide, autobiography of William L. Patterson, African American lawyer active in the defense of Sacco and Vanzetti, who later led the Civil Right Congress.

We Are Many, by Ella Reeve Bloor, also known as “Mother” Bloor, International Publishers, 1940

Rebel Girl, by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, International Publishers.

Pete, by Simon Gerson, about Pete Cacchione, elected along with Ben Davis to the NY City Board of Alderman, International Publishers, 1976.

A Puerto Rican in New York, by Jesus Colon, Mainstream Publishers, 1961. Sketches from the life of a Puerto Rican Communist.

Hollywood Red, by Lester Cole, Ramparts Press, 1981. One of the Hollywood Ten tells his story, from rooming with Cary Grant before he was Cary Grant, to rooming in the Federal Penitentiary in Danbury for refusing to cooperate with the so-called House Un-American Activities Committee.

And many more.