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The Roots of American Communism
The Roots of American Communism
By Theodore Draper
Viking, 1957, 498 pp

This exceptionally interesting and well-written study is the first in a series on Communism in American life, under the general editorship of Clinton Rossiter. After tracing the principal left-wing currents in American history the author describes the founding of the Communist Party in the United States at the end of the First World War and its evolution in the first formative years of the early 1920s. Though the Party changed in many respects in later years, many of its essential characteristics were implicit in its beginnings.