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America Left Us
America Left Us
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
Welcome to the Nationalist American Workers Party.
Welcome to the Nationalist American Workers Party.
Published: 2017/06/28
Channel: Nationalist American Workers Party N.A.W.P
American Workers Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Today
American Workers Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Today's Economy
Published: 2017/01/14
Channel: ABC News
White nationalists, counterprotesters prepare for Kentucky rally: Part 3 | ABC News
White nationalists, counterprotesters prepare for Kentucky rally: Part 3 | ABC News
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: ABC News
Marc Short on how tax reforms will impact American workers
Marc Short on how tax reforms will impact American workers
Published: 2017/12/02
Channel: Fox News
Socialist Party of America - Split of the Left Wing
Socialist Party of America - Split of the Left Wing
Published: 2011/12/27
Channel: socialisteducation
James P. Cannon Speaks! The Khrushchev Revelations
James P. Cannon Speaks! The Khrushchev Revelations
Published: 2015/05/24
Channel: Matthew Siegfried
Song of the United Front
Song of the United Front
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: GETchan
Uncut PBS Interview with Matthew Heimbach on Charlottesville
Uncut PBS Interview with Matthew Heimbach on Charlottesville
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
What Is National Socialism?
What Is National Socialism?
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
Conference of Communist & Worker
Conference of Communist & Worker's Parties 2017 in Brussels
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: TheFinnishBolshevik
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The New Left"
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The New Left"
Published: 2015/05/17
Channel: Matthew Siegfried
Join the Socialist Party USA
Join the Socialist Party USA
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: nj 06
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The Trend of the 20th Century"
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The Trend of the 20th Century"
Published: 2015/05/17
Channel: Matthew Siegfried
National Socialist American Workers Party Anthem
National Socialist American Workers Party Anthem
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: NSAWP News
Matt Heimbach with the KY Traditionalist Worker Party
Matt Heimbach with the KY Traditionalist Worker Party
Published: 2015/11/07
Channel: Matthew Heimbach
ABC10: American Workers Hurt By H-1B Visa Program
ABC10: American Workers Hurt By H-1B Visa Program
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: NumbersUSA
'GOP will be the party of the American worker' | President Trump speaks at CPAC
Published: 2017/02/24
Channel: Decode DC
introducing the American nationalist workers party
introducing the American nationalist workers party
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: American nationalist Workers party ANWP
Traditionalist Worker Party Marschiert in Feindesland, Indiana
Traditionalist Worker Party Marschiert in Feindesland, Indiana
Published: 2017/09/20
Channel: Colton Williams
North Korea celebrates 72nd Workers
North Korea celebrates 72nd Workers' Party anniversary
Published: 2017/10/10
Channel: ODN
Revolutionary Workers Party Of America
Revolutionary Workers Party Of America
Published: 2012/02/07
Channel: Cooper Clark
Trump’s Properties Have Only Hired ONE American Worker Since 2016
Trump’s Properties Have Only Hired ONE American Worker Since 2016
Published: 2018/02/19
Channel: The Ring of Fire
Democratic Party abandoned American workers many years ago: Marc Lotter
Democratic Party abandoned American workers many years ago: Marc Lotter
Published: 2017/11/13
Channel: Fox Business
Communist Party USA (Soviet Anthem In English)
Communist Party USA (Soviet Anthem In English)
Published: 2010/05/02
Channel: CommunismUSA
Spiegel TV National Socialist Movement Traditionalist Workers Party
Spiegel TV National Socialist Movement Traditionalist Workers Party
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: Frater SataNihil
James P. Cannon Speaks! Problems & Perspectives of the American Revolution
James P. Cannon Speaks! Problems & Perspectives of the American Revolution
Published: 2015/05/26
Channel: Matthew Siegfried
Roger Calero, Socialist Workers Party, Speaks at UNT
Roger Calero, Socialist Workers Party, Speaks at UNT
Published: 2008/04/25
Channel: ZombieSlayerZ
Pikeville, KY Trad Worker and others
Pikeville, KY Trad Worker and others
Published: 2017/05/01
Channel: American Freedom Party
Traditionalist Workers Party
Traditionalist Workers Party
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: John Hood
James Harris (Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate) Interview
James Harris (Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate) Interview
Published: 2012/10/26
Channel: The Guilfordian
American Workers Will Vote Their Paychecks in Nov.~~~!!!
American Workers Will Vote Their Paychecks in Nov.~~~!!!
Published: 2018/01/23
Channel: Franklin Obamaastein
Stood With American Workers | Bernie Sanders
Stood With American Workers | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: Bernie Sanders
Tomi Mäkinen. Communist Workers
Tomi Mäkinen. Communist Workers' Party of Finland. International Meeting of Communist Parties.
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: Ленинград
The Socialist Party
The Socialist Party's Candidate For President Also Works At Wal-Mart
Published: 2016/06/28
Channel: Newsy
“Long live the Workers’ Party of Korea” shouted in northern area [English]
“Long live the Workers’ Party of Korea” shouted in northern area [English]
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: stimmekoreas
Businesses Admit That Most Of Their Tax Cut Money WILL NOT Be Going To Workers
Businesses Admit That Most Of Their Tax Cut Money WILL NOT Be Going To Workers
Published: 2018/02/19
Channel: The Ring of Fire
Roger Calero, Socialist Workers Party, Speaks at UNT 4
Roger Calero, Socialist Workers Party, Speaks at UNT 4
Published: 2008/04/25
Channel: ZombieSlayerZ
The Tories in the north-east: the new
The Tories in the north-east: the new 'workers party' goes into battle | Anywhere but Westminster
Published: 2015/04/23
Channel: The Guardian
AFP Covers Traditionalist Worker Party Conference
AFP Covers Traditionalist Worker Party Conference
Published: 2016/02/17
Channel: American Free Press
North Korea marks anniversary of ruling party with military parade
North Korea marks anniversary of ruling party with military parade
Published: 2015/10/10
Channel: RT
Pres Trump: Let
Pres Trump: Let's Put Our Faith In American Workers And Companies - America's News HQ
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: Mass Tea Party - Wake Up America!
The Daily Traditionalist: Matt Johnson on Alexander Dugin
The Daily Traditionalist: Matt Johnson on Alexander Dugin
Published: 2016/05/18
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
A IGLY, EAUTIFUL GRAND ALT-RIGHT ENTRANCE into & through the "Alt-Left" in Charlottesville
A IGLY, EAUTIFUL GRAND ALT-RIGHT ENTRANCE into & through the "Alt-Left" in Charlottesville
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: Kyle Edward Hanophy
Brazil
Brazil's workers' party loses control of Sao Paulo
Published: 2016/10/03
Channel: PressTV
Republicans Stick the Knife in the Backs of American Workers Again
Republicans Stick the Knife in the Backs of American Workers Again
Published: 2012/06/21
Channel: The Big Picture RT
USA: Violent clashes at Sacramento far-right rally see 5 people stabbed
USA: Violent clashes at Sacramento far-right rally see 5 people stabbed
Published: 2016/06/26
Channel: Ruptly
They
They're All Going To Laugh At You!
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The Two Americas"
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The Two Americas"
Published: 2015/05/16
Channel: Matthew Siegfried
Tribute to the Kurdistan Workers
Tribute to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
Published: 2013/05/27
Channel: MarxLeninKimilsung
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The American Workers Party (AWP) was a socialist organization established in December 1933 by activists in the Conference for Progressive Labor Action, a group headed by A.J. Muste.

Organizational history[edit]

Formation[edit]

The American Workers Party was established in December 1933 by activists in the Conference for Progressive Labor Action. The figurative leader of the AWP was A. J. Muste, although the organization had a structure and values that lent its radicalism a highly democratic and collaborative quality.

The AWP sought to find what it called "an American approach" for Marxism at the depth of the Great Depression. The group published a popularly written newspaper, Labor Action, and created Unemployed Leagues that attracted tens of thousands of members and ought not be confused with the Communist Party's Unemployed Councils.

The AWP is best known in labor history for its leadership of the successful 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite Strike, a forerunner that contributed to the creation of the United Auto Workers union. Exerting influence through its Unemployed League chapter, the AWP in Toledo kept the Auto-Lite strike from being broken by desperate job-seekers. Instead, the AWP brought the mass of unemployed to bear as a powerful vehicle for solidarity with the auto parts factory workers on the picket lines. The Auto-Lite strike—along with the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934 (led by the Trotskyist Communist League of America) and the 1934 West Coast Longshore Strike led by the Communist Party USA—was an important catalyst for the rise of industrial unionism in the 1930s, much of which was organized through the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

While it never numbered more than a few hundred members, the AWP attracted a number of prominent labor activists, such as J. B. S. Hardman of the needle trades. It also attracted a number of intellectuals, many of them former members of the CP who rebelled against its strictures while remaining radical. The latter included James Burnham, Sidney Hook, James Rorty, and V. F. Calverton.

Termination[edit]

In December 1934, the AWP merged with the Trotskyist Communist League of America to form the Workers Party of the United States. This was the fusion of two revolutionary socialist organizations that had both successfully led two militant strikes to victory. Most AWP members were absorbed into the mainstream Trotskyist movement, with some, like Burnham, becoming major figures in the subsequent Trotskyist movement of the 1930s. A few others, such as Louis Budenz and Arnold Johnson, did not accept the rapprochement with Trotskyism and instead joined the CP, considering its adoption of the Popular Front to be analogous to what the AWP had tried to accomplish with its "American approach." Others, such as Hook and Rorty, became political independents but remained, for a time, largely sympathetic to the successor organization.

Footnotes[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Louis Budenz. This is My Story. McGraw-Hill, 1947.
  • Margaret Budenz. Streets. Our Sunday Visitor, 1979.
  • James P. Cannon. History of American Trotskyism. Pathfinder Press, 1944.
  • Farrell Dobbs. Teamster Rebellion. Monad Press, 1972.
  • Sidney Hook. Out of Step: An Unquiet Life in the Twentieth Century. Harper & Row, 1987.
  • Christopher Phelps. Young Sidney Hook. Cornell University Press, 1997.
  • JoAnn Ooiman Robinson. Abraham Went Out. Temple, 1981.
  • Wald, Alan M. (1987). The New York Intellectuals: The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left from the 1930s to the 1980s. University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0-8078-4169-2. 

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