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 (2)

A Glede Amidst the Ashes/American Relief Aid and the Spanish Civil War, by ERIC R. SMITH
vol. 15 (2): 253-255

Volume 15 (1)

“Activists, writers, and expansive ideas about peace in the early Cold War years”: a roundtable discussion at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, 17 April 2015, St. Louis, Missouri
vol. 15 (1): 1-34
The Scientific Manager and the FBI: The Surveillance of Walter Polakov in the 1940s
vol. 15 (1): 35-57
“You seem just Consumed by Patrioitism, Mr. Isaacs”: The Ohio Un-American Activities Commission (OUAC) Clashes with Communists in the Cold War Fifties
vol. 15 (1): 59-86
The Sea Shelter Program: The Communist Party, the New Deal, and Seamen's Relief
vol. 15 (1): 87-102
United States Communist History Bibliography 2015
vol. 15 (1): 103-161
Willful Blindness
vol. 15 (1): 163-175

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
Commonsense Anticommunism: Labor and Civil Liberties Between the World Wars, by JENNIFER LUFF, ed.
vol. 14 (1): 87-88
Woody Guthrie, American Radical, by WILL KAUFMAN
vol. 14 (1): 89-91