American Communist History

American Communist History is a non-partisan, objective journal for scholarship about the history of the Communist Party in the United States and its social, political, economic and cultural impact on its members, on its opponents, and the public at large. The journal deals with the American party and with the various outside influences which have dealt with its representation, with the controversial folklore that has been engendered about it, and with the many differing views about its antecedents, and its diverse opponents on the Left and Right. While rooted in the United States, the journal welcomes contributions which are transnational or international in scope.

Publishes 3 issues a year.

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Latest articles

Volume 15 (1)

The Scientific Manager and the FBI: The Surveillance of Walter Polakov in the 1940s
vol. 15 (1): 35-57

Volume 14 (3)

The red taboo in American women's history: on not seeing revolutionary Russia
vol. 14 (3): 221-230
“The Reddest of the Blacks”: History Across the Full Spectrum of Civil Rights Activism
vol. 14 (3): 231-239
On Jews and Taboos in American Communist History
vol. 14 (3): 249-255
Beyond A Chilling Effect: The Impact of FBI Surveillance on African American Literature during the Hoover Era
vol. 14 (3): 257-262
Anti-communism in twentieth-century America: a critical history
vol. 14 (3): 263-265
The Communist International and US Communism, 1919–1929, by Jacob A. Zumoff
vol. 14 (3): 265-267
The Port Huron Statement: Sources and Legacies of the New Left's Founding Manifesto
vol. 14 (3): 268-270
On the Republication of Sidney Hook's Towards the Understanding of Karl Marx
vol. 14 (3): 279-280

Volume 14 (2)

The Dennis case, communist Bail Jumpers and Oliver Ellsworth's “outlawry” bill
vol. 14 (2): 105-133
DEATH IN THE ADIRONDACKS: Amtorg, Intrigue, and the Dubious Demise of Isaiya Khurgin and Efraim Sklyansky, August 1925 c 2015
vol. 14 (2): 135-158
United States Communist History Bibliography, 2013–2014
vol. 14 (2): 159-203
A Dark Page in American History: Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood Blacklist
vol. 14 (2): 205-218

Volume 14 (1)

The American Left and the Politics of Folk Music: An Exchange
vol. 14 (1): 1-2
The Communist Party's Role in the Folk Revival: From Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan
vol. 14 (1): 3-19
Guthrie, Seeger, and “Gilding the Philosophic Pill”: Comments on Ronald Radosh
vol. 14 (1): 21-26
Radicals on Relief: Black Chicago Writers and the WPA
vol. 14 (1): 27-39
American Trotskyist: The Heritage of James P. Cannon
vol. 14 (1): 41-55
Shakespeare's American Proletarian Cultural Authority
vol. 14 (1): 57-79
vol. 14 (1): 81-85