American Communist History will be the impartial, leading journal for scholarship about the history of the Communist Party in the United States and its social, political, economic and cultural impact on its members, on its opponents, and the public at large. The journal will deal with the American party and with the various outside influences which have dealt with its representation, with the controversial folklore that has been engendered about it, and with the many differing views about its antecedents, and its diverse opponents on the Left and Right. While rooted in the United States, the journal welcomes contributions which are transnational or international in scope.
Despite the end of the Cold War, there is still enormous controversy about the range of Communist influence on all aspects of American life. This peer- reviewed journal of the Historians of American Communism aims to make available in a non-partisan and objective way scholarship on the role of American Communism and Communists since the Party's founding at the end of the First World War. Seeking the broadest possible perspective the journal seeks submissions not only from academic historians but from other scholars, journalists, and activists who can objectively contribute to a complex, intriguing, and important history. Research articles, notes and documents, interpretive essays, and short memoirs are welcome. The journal is committed to media reviews.
We stress both the domestic sphere and the global one. American Communist History will deal in detail with the various interpretations defining the role of the Communist Party, its front groups, its opponents, and Soviet agents in the United States within and on the Left and the Right. What the journal can and will publish is limited only by the curiosity of potential contributors and the need for quality. We wish to enhance the knowledge of issue-laden, often partisan, developments in a useful, professional, and intelligent way. American Communist History will deal not only with Communism in the U.S., but with all aspects of its influence and the forces that influenced it.
American Communist History would welcome material on:
the validity of the Soviet archives dealing with American Communists
Communist infiltration of the mass media in the 1930s
the dismissal of Jay Lovestone as an American Communist Leader
the role of splinter groups in the American Communist Party's history
the true role of the Communist Party in Hollywood
the splintering of the Party as a result of the 1956 Kruschev revelations about Stalin's reign of terror
the attitude of the Communist Party's leadership towards women
anti-Semitism in the American Communist Party
the role of 'Proletarian Literature' then and now
what really happened to Earl Browder
the Communists and black literature
the relationship between the Catholic church and the Communist Party
the impact of the FBI on the membership of the Party in the 1950s
the validity of the trials of the secondary leaders in the 1950s
the appropriate response to legislative investigation on the state and federal level
the fear underlying Red Scares
the education of 'Red-diaper babies'
the defection of writers from the Party in 1939 and 1956.
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