Founders of US Communist Party aimed to lead workers to power

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020
Above, delegates at 1919 founding convention of U.S. Communist Party. Degeneration of the party began after early years, Cannon said, “when it abandoned perspective of revolution in this country” and became “a cheering squad for the Stalinist bureaucracy in Russia.”

The First Ten Years of American Communism by James P. Cannon is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for March. Cannon was a founding leader of the Communist Party of the United States in 1919 following the Russian Revolution.…