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America Left Us
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
Revolutionary Workers Party Of America
Revolutionary Workers Party Of America
Published: 2012/02/07
Channel: Cooper Clark
introducing the American nationalist workers party
introducing the American nationalist workers party
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: American nationalist Workers party ANWP
Multiple people stabbed during Sacramento far-right rally
Multiple people stabbed during Sacramento far-right rally
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: RT America
Stood With American Workers | Bernie Sanders
Stood With American Workers | Bernie Sanders
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: Bernie 2016
Matthew Heimbach - Stop The Insanity! [2017] Florida League of the South Conference
Matthew Heimbach - Stop The Insanity! [2017] Florida League of the South Conference
Published: 2017/06/16
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
What Is National Socialism?
What Is National Socialism?
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Traditionalist Worker Party
Matt Heimbach with the KY Traditionalist Worker Party
Matt Heimbach with the KY Traditionalist Worker Party
Published: 2015/11/07
Channel: Matthew Heimbach
On a construction site with no American WORKERS
On a construction site with no American WORKERS
Published: 2016/01/27
Channel: AfterPrisonShow
Socialist Party of America - Split of the Left Wing
Socialist Party of America - Split of the Left Wing
Published: 2011/12/27
Channel: socialisteducation
Does Clinton
Does Clinton's immigration policy benefit American workers?
Published: 2016/10/22
Channel: RK WORLD NEWS
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!
Rachel Maddow GOP’s Platform is Reduce the Wages of American Workers
Rachel Maddow GOP’s Platform is Reduce the Wages of American Workers
Published: 2015/12/13
Channel: Tracey Legel
Inside the North Korean Worker
Inside the North Korean Worker's Party Congress
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: CNN
Brazilian People Demonstrate Against the Workers Party
Brazilian People Demonstrate Against the Workers Party
Published: 2015/07/23
Channel: The Inter-American Institute
Traditionalist Workers Party
Traditionalist Workers Party
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: John Hood
Spiegel TV National Socialist Movement Traditionalist Workers Party
Spiegel TV National Socialist Movement Traditionalist Workers Party
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: Frater SataNihil
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
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
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
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
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
Bernie Sanders on Cornel West &
Bernie Sanders on Cornel West & 'Rev Workers Party'
Published: 2015/10/12
Channel: AmericanForum
James Harris (Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate) Interview
James Harris (Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate) Interview
Published: 2012/10/26
Channel: The Guilfordian
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 German Workers Party The Storm Breaks Loose
National Socialist German Workers Party The Storm Breaks Loose
Published: 2016/06/01
Channel: European Nationalism
Republicans Remove “Buy American” From Water Bill, Because Screw American Workers
Republicans Remove “Buy American” From Water Bill, Because Screw American Workers
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: The Ring of Fire
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
Obama
Obama's next plan: Paid sick leave for American workers
Published: 2015/01/15
Channel: USA TODAY
Trade Concerns Unite Workers Of Both Parties | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
Trade Concerns Unite Workers Of Both Parties | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: MSNBC
leadership in America
leadership in America
Published: 2017/03/26
Channel: American nationalist Workers party ANWP
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
Traditionalist Workers Party Stickers Attack College
Traditionalist Workers Party Stickers Attack College
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: White Lives Matter Channel
Brazil
Brazil's workers' party loses control of Sao Paulo
Published: 2016/10/03
Channel: PressTV News Videos
Gilded Age Politics:Crash Course US History #26
Gilded Age Politics:Crash Course US History #26
Published: 2013/08/23
Channel: CrashCourse
Alyson Kennedy: Meet the US socialist who wants to be America
Alyson Kennedy: Meet the US socialist who wants to be America's first female president
Published: 2016/09/22
Channel: IBTimes UK
Lessons For American Workers From U.S. Ceo
Lessons For American Workers From U.S. Ceo's Letter Blasting French Unions, Work Ethic - Lou Dobbs
Published: 2013/02/21
Channel: Mass Tea Party - Wake Up America!
The outsiders: A Trump Doctrine
The outsiders: A Trump Doctrine 'America Workers First'
Published: 2017/04/02
Channel: Marcelle Kory
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The Two Americas"
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The Two Americas"
Published: 2015/05/16
Channel: Matthew Siegfried
Full Video: Nazi and Antifa Protesters Face off in Pikeville
Full Video: Nazi and Antifa Protesters Face off in Pikeville
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: News2Share
Franken Blast GOP For Blocking OT For Millions Of American Workers
Franken Blast GOP For Blocking OT For Millions Of American Workers
Published: 2016/12/02
Channel: Michael McIntee
RECOVERY ACT BOOSTS JOBS: Why Are Republicans Against America
RECOVERY ACT BOOSTS JOBS: Why Are Republicans Against America's Workers???
Published: 2010/05/26
Channel: Americans United For Change
‘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
The National Socialist German Workers
The National Socialist German Workers' Party
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: European Nationalism
Elizabeth Warren SHAMES Republicans, Trump For Cutting Workers
Elizabeth Warren SHAMES Republicans, Trump For Cutting Workers' Rights
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: Reflect
Roger Calero, Socialist Workers Party, Speaks at UNT
Roger Calero, Socialist Workers Party, Speaks at UNT
Published: 2008/04/25
Channel: ZombieSlayerZ
BAMN & TWP Are Enemies Of America
BAMN & TWP Are Enemies Of America
Published: 2017/02/24
Channel: Jerry Eldred
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The New Left"
James P. Cannon Speaks! "The New Left"
Published: 2015/05/17
Channel: Matthew Siegfried
Communist Party USA (Soviet Anthem In English)
Communist Party USA (Soviet Anthem In English)
Published: 2010/05/02
Channel: CommunismUSA
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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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