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America Left Us
America Left Us
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
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
Socialist Party of America - Split of the Left Wing
Socialist Party of America - Split of the Left Wing
Published: 2011/12/27
Channel: socialisteducation
American Workers Are Learning That Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy (HBO)
American Workers Are Learning That Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy (HBO)
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: VICE News
Matt Heimbach with the KY Traditionalist Worker Party
Matt Heimbach with the KY Traditionalist Worker Party
Published: 2015/11/07
Channel: Matthew Heimbach
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
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
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
Uncut PBS Interview with Matthew Heimbach on Charlottesville
Uncut PBS Interview with Matthew Heimbach on Charlottesville
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
Manufacturers say GOP tax bill is a win for American workers
Manufacturers say GOP tax bill is a win for American workers
Published: 2017/11/10
Channel: Fox News
National Socialist American Workers Party Anthem
National Socialist American Workers Party Anthem
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: NSAWP News
Join the Socialist Party USA
Join the Socialist Party USA
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: nj 06
ABC10: American Workers Hurt By H-1B Visa Program
ABC10: American Workers Hurt By H-1B Visa Program
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: NumbersUSA
What Is National Socialism?
What Is National Socialism?
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
JOIN THE ANARCHO-COMMUNIST PART TIME WORKERS PARTY
JOIN THE ANARCHO-COMMUNIST PART TIME WORKERS PARTY
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: Factual Undisputed News
Spiegel TV National Socialist Movement Traditionalist Workers Party
Spiegel TV National Socialist Movement Traditionalist Workers Party
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: Frater SataNihil
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 TV
introducing the American nationalist workers party
introducing the American nationalist workers party
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: American nationalist Workers party ANWP
Revolutionary Workers Party Of America
Revolutionary Workers Party Of America
Published: 2012/02/07
Channel: Cooper Clark
Democrat party doesn
Democrat party doesn't represent american workers
Published: 2017/10/28
Channel: Preston Mac
Traditionalist Worker Party Door Hanger Activism
Traditionalist Worker Party Door Hanger Activism
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: White Lives Matter Channel
Behind the scenes footage of “Unite the right” white nationalist rally in Charlottesville VA Part 16
Behind the scenes footage of “Unite the right” white nationalist rally in Charlottesville VA Part 16
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: The Red Mage
James Harris (Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate) Interview
James Harris (Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate) Interview
Published: 2012/10/26
Channel: The Guilfordian
Traditionalist Workers Party
Traditionalist Workers Party
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: John Hood
North Korea celebrates 72nd Workers
North Korea celebrates 72nd Workers' Party anniversary
Published: 2017/10/10
Channel: ODN
The Socialist Party
The Socialist Party's Candidate For President Also Works At Wal-Mart
Published: 2016/06/28
Channel: Newsy
'GOP will be the party of the American worker' | President Trump speaks at CPAC
Published: 2017/02/24
Channel: Decode DC
Roger Calero, Socialist Workers Party, Speaks at UNT
Roger Calero, Socialist Workers Party, Speaks at UNT
Published: 2008/04/25
Channel: ZombieSlayerZ
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
Why join the Socialist Workers Party
Why join the Socialist Workers Party
Published: 2015/10/09
Channel: Mark Krantz
Trump makes good on pledge to hire American workers
Trump makes good on pledge to hire American workers
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: Fox News
Alyson Kennedy of Socialist Workers Party on women’s right to abortion
Alyson Kennedy of Socialist Workers Party on women’s right to abortion
Published: 2016/06/24
Channel: acttv
Stood With American Workers | Bernie Sanders
Stood With American Workers | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: Bernie Sanders
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The New Left"
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The New Left"
Published: 2015/05/17
Channel: Matthew Siegfried
Matthew Heimbach: Leader of the Traditionalist Worker Party USA
Matthew Heimbach: Leader of the Traditionalist Worker Party USA
Published: 2016/09/20
Channel: London Forum
Does Clinton
Does Clinton's immigration policy benefit American workers?
Published: 2016/10/22
Channel: Fox News
Republicans Remove “Buy American” From Water Bill, Because Screw American Workers - The Ring Of Fire
Republicans Remove “Buy American” From Water Bill, Because Screw American Workers - The Ring Of Fire
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: The Ring of Fire
DML Fights For American Workers.  Denounces Rand Paul
DML Fights For American Workers. Denounces Rand Paul's Plan.
Published: 2014/05/08
Channel: Dennis Michael Lynch
‘Obama fights China at expense of American workers’ – Ali Velshi
‘Obama fights China at expense of American workers’ – Ali Velshi
Published: 2016/08/31
Channel: RT America
12th September 1919: Hitler joins the German Workers Party
12th September 1919: Hitler joins the German Workers Party
Published: 2015/09/11
Channel: HistoryPod
Part 3: Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party debate
Part 3: Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party debate
Published: 2012/03/02
Channel: BH SP
The Daily Traditionalist: Matt Johnson on Alexander Dugin
The Daily Traditionalist: Matt Johnson on Alexander Dugin
Published: 2016/05/18
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
AFP Covers Traditionalist Worker Party Conference
AFP Covers Traditionalist Worker Party Conference
Published: 2016/02/17
Channel: American Free Press
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The Two Americas"
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The Two Americas"
Published: 2015/05/16
Channel: Matthew Siegfried
ILWU 10 Members Speak Out On Trump, Capitalism & The Need For A  Workers Party
ILWU 10 Members Speak Out On Trump, Capitalism & The Need For A Workers Party
Published: 2017/01/20
Channel: laborvideo
Tribute to the Kurdistan Workers
Tribute to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
Published: 2013/05/27
Channel: MarxLeninKimilsung
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!
Recession snatches retirement from America
Recession snatches retirement from America's workers
Published: 2011/12/02
Channel: Al Jazeera English
Why Are Republicans Supporting Communist China Over American Workers?
Why Are Republicans Supporting Communist China Over American Workers?
Published: 2010/10/02
Channel: Mark Levine
Monica Moorehead, Workers World Party Presidential Candidate
Monica Moorehead, Workers World Party Presidential Candidate
Published: 2016/04/06
Channel: Berta Joubert-Ceci
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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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