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Jewish RadicalsA Documentary History$
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Tony Michels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757437

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757437.001.0001

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Fighting Stalinists and Chasing Girls (memoir; 1965)

Fighting Stalinists and Chasing Girls (memoir; 1965)

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Jewish Radicals

Paul Jacobs

NYU Press

This chapter details the inner workings of the Trotskyist movement during the 1930s, as told by Trotskyist revolutionary Paul Jacobs. It describes the movement's culture and routines and how they are also culturally dependent against the Communists; and shows how the pariah status accorded to many Trotskyists (who were an unpopular minority in American socialism) had only imbued those within the movement with a greater sense of purposes as the persecuted inheritors of the Russian Revolution's glorious legacy. The chapter also recounts the political infighting and the splitting and merging of minor factions within the Trotsky movement, though they always differentiated between conflict occurring within the movement and those held against Stalinists. Further antagonizing against the Stalinists are recorded here, such as the younger Trotskyists' humorous attempts at sleeping with Communist girls.

Keywords:   American socialism, Trotskyists, Stalinists, Communists, political infighting, Trotsky movement, 1930s, Paul Jacobs

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