Marxists Internet Archive: Subjects: Marxism and Art: Literature: Children's Literature
Resources and Reference
“...the more enlightened part of the working class fully understands that the future of its class, and, therefore, of mankind, altogether depends upon the formation of the rising working generation. They know that, before everything else, the children and juvenile workers must be saved from the crushing effects of the present system".
Karl Marx, Geneva Congress Resolutions, 1866
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Russian children's literature/education resources
Children's literature criticism/Cultural Theory
Resources on authors and illustrators
MIA texts and excerpts on education, family, child development
Children's Books of the Early Soviet Era
Reading-room. From the State Library of Ukraine for Children
Russian Fairy Tales, a collection of images by David J. Birnbaum et al.
Russian Fairy Tales, a series translated by Katherine Lawson
Russian and Ukrainian folktales fom russian-crafts.com
The Soviet Classroom, images from a student 1969-1977
Selected Bibliography of works related to Russian children's literature or children in Russia
A Bibliography of Criticism compiled by Perry Nodelman
Children's Literature and the Cultural Front conference presentation, Julia Mickenberg
"'Said a Bird in the Midst of a Blitz...': How World War II Created Dr. Seuss.", Philip Nel, _Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature_ 34.2 (June 2001): 65-85.
Cultural Logic: An Electronic Journal of Marxist Theory and Practice issue on Marxism and Education
Selected Bibliography of scholarly works on children's literature
from Zadig, True Education, 1747
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
The Creed of a Savoyard Priest, from Emile, 1762
Proletarians and Communists, from Manifesto of the Communist Party, 1847
Juvenile and Children's Labour (Both Sexes) from "Instructions for the Delegates of the Provisional Council. The Different Questions." Congress of Geneva, 1866
The Employment of Women and Children from Capital Vol 1 part IV, 1867
The Importance of Authority in Education, 1857
An Appeal to the Young, 1880
The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State , 1884
de B. Gibbins, Henry
from An Industrial History of England, 1890
from The Children of the Ghetto, 1892
from Lenin On Youth, numerous writings from 1895-1922
The Way to Freedom, 189?
Simmons, May Wood
Education and Socialism, 1901
from The People of the Abyss, 1903
from "In a Southern Cotton Mill", 190?
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
Child Labor, poem, 19??
Evans, Florence Wilkinson
The Flower Factory, poem, 19??
Henderson, C. Hanford
Children and Economics, from What Is It To Be Educated?, 19??
from The Red Wave, 19??
Socialism and Motherhood, 1914
Preface to the Book Society and Motherhood, 1915
The First Steps Towards the Protection of Motherhood, 1917
Decree on Child Welfare, 1918
An Educational Experiment, 1917
Lunacharsky, A. V.
To All Who Teach, 1918
Church and School in the Soviet Republic, 1919
Is Revolution the Remedy?, 1922
From the Old Family to the New, 1923
The Family and Ceremony, 1923
Family Relations Under The Soviets: Fourteen Questions Answered by Leon Trotsky, 1932
Thermidor in the family - from Revolution Betrayed, 1936
Kalinin, Mikhail I.
Study and Life, speech, 1926
The Problem of the Cultural Development of the Child, 1929
from The Children, 1937
"The People Must Know Their History", from Culture and the People, 1939
Lecture to Parents, 1939
The Psychological and Sociological Study of the Child, 1951
from Korean Lullaby, 1951
History Will Absolve Me, 1953 (see passages about educational reform)
Makarenko, Anton S.
The Road to Life (An Epic of Education), 1955
An Embryonic Science: The Psychology of Personality, 1974
Social Democratic Party
Education Platform, Seattle School Board elections campaign, 1901
Programme of The Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party, 1917 (see points 13-16)
Foundations of a Communist Youth League, Martin Abern, 1934
1936 Trotskyist Resolution on Youth
1938 Trotskyist Resolution on Youth
The International Conference of the Youth of the Fourth International at Lausanne Switzerland.
1938 Socialist Workers Party Resolution on the Young Peoples Socialist League
Adopted at a November 19-20, 1938 National Committee meeting of the Socialist Workers Party. By Joseph Carter.
1938 Socialist Workers Party Resolution on the Young Peoples Socialist League (Fourth Internationalist)
Documents from the SWP National Committee Plenum New York, November 19-20, 1938.
A Speech To The Youth on Trotsky, Joseph Hansen, 1941
Joint Legislative Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities
Second Report: Un-American Activities in Washington State 1948 (on the Communist Party in the field of education)
University of Washington Tenure and Academic Freedom Committee, Hearings 1948 (against the charge that teachers tried to "convert" students to communism)
University of Washington President Allen's Recommendations, 1949 (regarding the expulsion of professors Butterworth and Phillips)
Thomas McGrath's Statement to the House Committee on Un-American Activities, 194? (on a teacher's responsibility to refuse to cooperate)
Current Communist Goals, 1963 (testimony to the US House of Representatives)
SAJ, the Union of Young Socialist Workers, 1922 (SPD) -- Verband der sozialistischen Arbeiterjugend, formerly Verband der Arbeiterjugendvereine Deutschlands, formed in 1919
Red Falcon groups, 1927 (SPD) -- Rote Falkengruppen, part of the SAJ
Friends of Children, 192? (SPD) -- Kinderfreunde, children ages 8-12
FSJ, Freie Sozialistische Jugend, 1920 (Communist Party)
KJD, the Communist Youth of Germany, formerly the FSJ, (Communist Party)
Association of the Working Youth -- Dolgozó Ifjúság Szövetsége, 19??- 1956
Communist Youth Association -- Kommunista Ifjúsági Szövetség, successor to the above (DIS) from 1958-1989
Democratic Youth Association -- Demokratikus Ifjúsági Szövetség, successor to KIS in 1989
Association of the Hungarian Pioneers -- Magyar Úttörok Szövetsége, a communist scout association for children.
Spanish United Youth League
OKNE -- Confederation of Communist Youth Organizations of Greece, 1928-??
Young Korean Communist League
Anti-Imperialism Youth Association, later Young Korean Communist Association
English Labour League of Youth
Young Pioneers, 1961, Organizacion de Pioneros Jose Marti
Young Communists, 1962, Union de Jovenes Comunistas
Socialist Youth, 1933, Cooperative Commonwealth Federation
Young Communist League, 193?
YPSL, Young Peoples Socialist League, 1902, Socialist Party of America
YCL, Young Communist League, 1919, American Communist Party, (sometimes referred to as the Young Workers League).
Youth For Socialist Action, 192?, Socialist Action
YCI, Young Communist International, Communist International (Third International)
SYC, Spartacus Youth Clubs, 1932, Communist League of America
YPSL, Young Peoples Socialist League, 1938, Socialist Workers Party
Young Socialist Alliance, 1959, Socialist Workers Party
Youth for Socialist Action, 1997