By Eugene V. Dennett
Agitprop is the memoir of a Washington country maritime and metal employee who was once an established activist within the American Federation of work, the Congress of commercial agencies, and the Communist social gathering. Born to a Massachusetts operating type socialist kinfolk, Dennett is an idealist who sought to unify theoretical precept, coverage, and perform in his lifestyle. His existence tale embodies broader topics that make this publication an allegorical depiction of 1 man's trip via twentieth century working-class the USA.
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A small cash settlement was eventually awarded for my care. Then Congress extended the draft to include fortyfiveyearolds. The doctors who treated him strongly urged him to get out of the city because it was so full of pollution and poison that he was in constant danger of infections that could cause loss of his legs or even prove fatal. Although my father's sympathies were with the left wing, his health prevented him from actively supporting the new Party. In fact, my father was completely fed up with the "old Socialists" because of their endless talk without deeds.
And in 1937, the Supreme Court did agree with attorney Goodman's appeal, striking down the Oregon Criminal Syndicalism law as unconstitutional. A representative of the Communist party, Fred Walker, spoke spiritedly of the need for all believers in democracy to rally behind this legal case to insure that the principles of democracy be preserved. So I accepted invitations to attend many more meetings in Portland where I had the opportunity to talk with Communist leader Walker. At that time I learned that their fundamental political program was the revolutionary overthrow of the capitalist system, replacing it with a socialist system which they claimed was succeeding in the Soviet Union.
That was the usual way in which the personal integrity of a prominent leader was undermined before he was expelled and politically destroyed. The Party did not continue that tour. But too often they were not. The most frequently recurring case was that of Leon Glaser. The only legal case the government had against him was as a foreignborn member of the Communist party, not for any actions that could be classed as violations of law. Elevating blacks to top Party positions did not cure that problem.
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