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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
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
Matt Heimbach with the KY Traditionalist Worker Party
Matt Heimbach with the KY Traditionalist Worker Party
Published: 2015/11/07
Channel: Matthew Heimbach
Spiegel TV National Socialist Movement Traditionalist Workers Party
Spiegel TV National Socialist Movement Traditionalist Workers Party
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: Frater SataNihil
Socialist Party of America - Split of the Left Wing
Socialist Party of America - Split of the Left Wing
Published: 2011/12/27
Channel: socialisteducation
National Socialist American Workers Party Anthem
National Socialist American Workers Party Anthem
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: NSAWP News
What Is National Socialism?
What Is National Socialism?
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
44% of American workers say they
44% of American workers say they've gained weight at current job
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: RT America
Pikeville Conference - Vanguard America
Pikeville Conference - Vanguard America
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
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
The Socialist Party
The Socialist Party's Candidate For President Also Works At Wal-Mart
Published: 2016/06/28
Channel: Newsy
Nationalist Front - Pikeville Event
Nationalist Front - Pikeville Event
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
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
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
Uncut PBS Interview with Matthew Heimbach on Charlottesville
Uncut PBS Interview with Matthew Heimbach on Charlottesville
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
Inside the North Korean Worker
Inside the North Korean Worker's Party Congress
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: CNN
Traditionalist Workers Party
Traditionalist Workers Party
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: John Hood
Conference of Communist & Workers
Conference of Communist & Workers' Parties, St. Petersburg 2017
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: TheFinnishBolshevik
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
Health Care For Our People
Health Care For Our People
Published: 2017/07/16
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
Roger Calero, Socialist Workers Party, Speaks at UNT
Roger Calero, Socialist Workers Party, Speaks at UNT
Published: 2008/04/25
Channel: ZombieSlayerZ
'GOP will be the party of the American worker' | President Trump speaks at CPAC
Published: 2017/02/24
Channel: Decode DC
Reaganomics Killed The American Workers
Reaganomics Killed The American Workers' Tribes.
Published: 2016/06/29
Channel: Thom Hartmann Program
James Harris (Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate) Interview
James Harris (Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate) Interview
Published: 2012/10/26
Channel: The Guilfordian
Traditionalist Worker Party Door Hanger Activism
Traditionalist Worker Party Door Hanger Activism
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: White Lives Matter Channel
Socialist Party
Socialist Party's Socialism 2014 Rally: Kshama Sawant
Published: 2014/11/18
Channel: Socialist Party
WikiLeaks Exposes Hillary Clinton Selling Out American Workers & Lots More
WikiLeaks Exposes Hillary Clinton Selling Out American Workers & Lots More
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: The Jimmy Dore Show
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
AFP Covers Traditionalist Worker Party Conference
AFP Covers Traditionalist Worker Party Conference
Published: 2016/02/17
Channel: American Free Press
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
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!
Conference of Communist & Worker
Conference of Communist & Worker's Parties 2017 in Brussels
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: TheFinnishBolshevik
The Daily Traditionalist with Matthew Heimbach: Cultural Genocide in America
The Daily Traditionalist with Matthew Heimbach: Cultural Genocide in America
Published: 2016/04/24
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
“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
CNN Puts Out A Hit Piece On American Workers
CNN Puts Out A Hit Piece On American Workers
Published: 2017/04/01
Channel: Hard Bastard
The National Socialist German Workers
The National Socialist German Workers' Party, NSDAP
Published: 2012/11/27
Channel: Bissenses Swedish Retro Vintage Music and Film Art Production
American Workers and the True Amnesty Fight Which GOP figure has the Right Solution? Rick Santorum
American Workers and the True Amnesty Fight Which GOP figure has the Right Solution? Rick Santorum
Published: 2014/11/30
Channel: Val Sommerville
TWP Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting - Dr. Matthew Raphael Johnson
TWP Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting - Dr. Matthew Raphael Johnson
Published: 2016/06/02
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
AFL-CIO union boss: "Donald Trump is no good for American workers"
AFL-CIO union boss: "Donald Trump is no good for American workers"
Published: 2016/05/31
Channel: FRANCE 24 English
Marco Sets The Record Straight On Immigration And Hiring American Workers | Rubio for President
Marco Sets The Record Straight On Immigration And Hiring American Workers | Rubio for President
Published: 2016/02/26
Channel: Marco Rubio
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The Two Americas"
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The Two Americas"
Published: 2015/05/16
Channel: Matthew Siegfried
leadership in America
leadership in America
Published: 2017/03/26
Channel: American nationalist Workers party ANWP
Recession snatches retirement from America
Recession snatches retirement from America's workers
Published: 2011/12/02
Channel: Al Jazeera English
They
They're All Going To Laugh At You!
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
American Workers Vs Multi-Billionaires - Jasiri X
American Workers Vs Multi-Billionaires - Jasiri X
Published: 2011/02/23
Channel: jasirix
Spanish Socialist Workers
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party - European Parliamentary election ADVERT
Published: 2009/05/26
Channel: dynaSXE
National Socialist German Workers Party The Storm Breaks Loose
National Socialist German Workers Party The Storm Breaks Loose
Published: 2017/06/18
Channel: bb1945 lost but won
James P. Cannon Speaks! The Khrushchev Revelations
James P. Cannon Speaks! The Khrushchev Revelations
Published: 2015/05/24
Channel: Matthew Siegfried
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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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