It was not just the support of Roosevelt, but the support of the
Dixiecrats by the CPUSA Central Committee served to undermine (a nicer
word than betray) the excellent organizing work that black party members
had been doing in the South. This interesting and largely buried history
is contained in the book, Hammer and Hoe, which deals with the
organizing work that was being done in Alabama. I don't have the name
of the author handy.
Carrol Cox wrote:
> Jeffrey Blankfort wrote:
> > (2) what gave the movement
> > its vitality as well as it legitimacy was its recognition that when it
> > came to foreign policy there was and remains no fundamental difference
> > between the Democrat and Republican parties.
> I think it could be argued that the single most disastrous political
> error in U.S. history was the decision of the CPUSA in 1936 to support
> Roosevelt rather than maintain independence of two ruling parties. Even
> miniscule reforms are better won by independent action than by dickering
> with the dems.
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