Max Bedacht Manuscript

Collection Number: 6224

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Max Bedacht Manuscript, 1967
Collection Number:
6224
Creator:
Bedacht, Max
Quantity:
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Typescripts.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This typescript autobiography, "On the path of life," deals with Bedacht's reflections on American and international communist leaders and the workings of the Comintern. He describes the factional feuds within the Communist Party, refutes Whittaker Chambers' charges against him in Witness! and recounts the circumstances around his expulsion from the party in 1948, and his reinstatement in 1960. His work establishing and leading the International Workers Order is also traced. Throughout the memoir he comments on world events and their implications for socialism. Photocopies of photographs and of important documents are included.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Max Bedacht was a communist activist and theoretician. After an impoverished childhood and career as a journeyman barber and trade union leader in Germany and Switzerland, he immigrated to the United States in 1908 where he supported himself as a barber and German language newspaper editor. Bedacht became an early leader of the German Federation of the Socialist Party in California, while continuing to edit German language and labor mewspapers in Detroit, San Francisco and South Dakota. From World War I onward his sympathies were increasingly with the left wing of the Socialist Party and at the 1919 convention he joined the Communist Labor Party. Caught up in the Palmer Raids in California and Chicago, he was arrested and tried for conspiracy. He was convicted but never imprisoned and was soon travelling to Europe and Russia as an international delegate for the American Communist Party.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This typescript autobiography, "On the path of life," deals with Bedacht's reflections on American and international communist leaders and the workings of the Comintern. He describes the factional feuds within the Communist Party, refutes Whittaker Chambers' charges against him in Witness! and recounts the circumstances around his expulsion from the party in 1948, and his reinstatement in 1960. His work establishing and leading the International Workers Order is also traced. Throughout the memoir he comments on world events and their implications for socialism. Photocopies of photographs and of important documents are included.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Browder, Earl, 1891-1973.
Chambers, Whittaker.
Ruthenberg, Charles E. (Charles Emil), 1882-1927.
Communist International.
Communist Party of the United States of America.
International Workers Order.
Socialist Party (U.S.)

Subjects:
Socialism--United States.
Communism--United States.
Communists--United States

Form and Genre Terms:
Typescripts.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
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Restrictions on Use:
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Cite As:
Max Bedacht Manuscript #6224. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

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