MIA: Marxist Writers: James P. Cannon
James P. Cannon
1920 to 1928: James P. Cannon and the Early Years of American Communism: Selected Writings and Speeches, 1920-1928. The complete book, consisting of 66 articles, letters, extracts from minutes and speeches, plus an introductory overview of Cannon’s role in the early CP. Published by Spartacist Publishing Company in 1992, introductory material and notes by the Prometheus Research Library.
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1919 – 1922 | 1923 | 1924 – 1925 | 1926 – 1927 – 1928 | 1929 | 1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934 – 1935 | 1936 – 1937 | 1938 – 1940 | 1941 – 1948 | 1951 | 1953 | 1954 – 1959 | 1961 – 1967
1919 – 1922
1921, April: The Story of Alex Howat
1921, December: Speech at the First Workers Party Convention
1923, February: Scott Nearing and the Workers Party
1923, March: What Kind of a Party?
1923, November: Our Labor Party Policy
1924 – 1925
1924, May: St. Paul—June 17th
1924, July: Letter to M. Hansen, Secretary, English Branch - Seattle, WPA, from James P. Cannon, Assistant Executive Secondary, WPA, July 22, 1924
1924, July: New Party Industrial Registration In this article from the Daily Worker, Assistant Executive Secretary of the Workers Party of America announces a new industrial registration of the entire party membership in line with Comintern’s “Bolshevizatoin” policy.
1924, August: Letter to Rose Pastor Stokes in Hinsdale, MA
1924, October: The Bolshevization of the Party
1926: Eugene V. Debs – Hail and Farewell! A Statement on His Death by the International Labor Defense [event of Oct. 20, 1926] Despite the bitter internecine warfare between the rightward-trending Socialist Party of America and the ever-more-shrill and doctrinaire Workers (Communist) Party, SPA leader Eugene V. Debs remained a figure held in high esteem in the opposing camp, as this short memorial by Jim Cannon indicates. “The prisoner of Woodstock and Atlanta was close kin to all persecuted and imprisoned workers,” Cannon writes. “Comrade Debs was not one of those who shrug shoulders at the imprisonment of workers as though it were a matter of small concern. He burned with indignation at ever case of capitalist persecution and was always in the vanguard of the fight for its victims, whoever they might be and whatever their political views or affiliations.” Cannon declares that Debs “had nothing in common with these elements represented by the Jewish Daily Forward who fire from ambush at the movement for united labor defense. He helped to build where they try to disrupt.” Debs remained on the National Committee of the ILD until his death, Cannon notes.
1928, October: For the Russian Opposition! (Against Opportunism and Bureaucracy in the Workers (Communist) Party) (with Martin Abern & Max Shachtman)
1928, October: To the Party Members
1928, November: Concerning Our Expulsion
1928, November: Fortress of the World Revolution
1928, December: The Party “Discussion” Opens!
1928, December: Trotsky’s Book and Its Bourgeois Critics (A review of Leon Trotsky’s The Real Situation In Russia)
1928, December: Gangsterism!
1928, December 17 : Our Appeal Against Expulsion from the Communist Party
1929: Platform of the Communist Opposition [together with Martin Abern, Max Shachtman & Arne Swabeck]
1929, January: A Burglary—Its Political Meaning
1929, March: Call for a National Conference of the Opposition
1929, March: A Letter to International Labor Defense (with Rose Karsner & Max Shachtman)
1929, March: Results Of The Party Convention
1929, April: Next Steps in the Struggle
1929, April: The Labor Revolt In The South
1929, April: Organize The Unorganized Communists
1929, May: The Lost Leader
1929, May: May Day—Our Conference and The Trade Unions
1929, June: Conference of the Opposition Communists
1929, August: The Crisis In The Communist Party
1929, August: Vincent St. John
1930, January: The Struggle For The South
1930, February: The Socialist Party and Radicalization of the Masses
1930, April: Karl Marx, The Man
1930, May: Character and Limits of Our Faction
1930, June: Back to Lenin! Manifesto to the Rank and File and Seventh National Convention of the C.P.U.S.A. (with Max Shachtman & 5 others)
1930, June: My Life – and Its Critics
1930, June: The Plenum of the American Communist Opposition
1930, June/July: Aftermath of the Needle Trades Convention
1930, July: Opposition Problems – Deeper into the Party!
1931, February: American Syndicalism and Problems of Communism
1931, March: “Against Exaggeration”
1931, March: For the Program of Expansion
1931, March: A Great Step Forward
1931, March: How the Miners Were Defeated
1931, March: Lenin and the Iskra Period
1931, March: Miller Goes Over to Muste
1931, March: Miller’s Manifesto
1931, March: More Treason to the Miners
1931, March: Trifling With the Negro Question
1931, April: Communism and Syndicalism
1931, April: The Communists and the Progressives
1931, April: A Dangerous Situation
1931, April: The Death of John Donlin (obituary)
1931, April: Herberg Quotes Trotsky
1931, April: Lawrence Gives the Signal
1931, April: Lying as a Political System
1931, April: The Oppositionists at the May Day Conference
1931, April: The Trade Union Turn
1931, May: The Affair at City College
1931, May: Fighting for Free Speech
1931, May: The Miners’ Convention
1931, May: Now for the Weekly Militant!
1931, May: The Right Wing Capitulators
1931, May: What About Morgenstern and Goodman?
1931, May: The White Collar Unemployed
1931, June: Assembling the Future Staff
1931, June: Bolshevik Organization
1931, June: Strike “Strategy”
1931, June: The Struggle Against “Left” Reformism
1931, June: What Is Socialism?
1931, July: The Capitalist Offensive
1931, July: Even A Browder Can Learn
1931, July: Our Revolution
1931, July: Reviving The Appeal to Reason
1931, July: Saving Germany From Whom?
1931, July: Stalinism and the German Crisis
1931, July: They Overlooked the German Situation
1931, July: The Union Square Meeting
1931, August: Again the Union Square Meeting
1931, August: Bernard Shaw on Russia
1931, August: Debating the Dole
1931, August: Field Organizers of the Opposition
1931, August: Free Speech and the Labor Movement
1931, August: Losovsky Unloads the Blame ...
1931, August: Silk Revolt Growing
1931, August: They Say It With Flowers
1931, August: Wage Cuts and Strikes
1931, August: A Welcome Reversal
1931, August: What Is a Renegade?
1931, September: Consolidate the Weekly!
1931, September: A Reply To The Discussion
1931, September: The Return of Gerry Allard
1931, September: Tasks Of Our National Conference
1931, September: Where Is the British Communist Party?
1931, October: An Apologist For Stalinism
1931, October: The Dressmakers’ Symposium
1931, October: Furriers’ Unity
1931, October: Hail, Young Spartacus!
1931, October: Laying The Foundations
1931, November: Amter Will Get Your Money Back?
1931, November: The Case Of Theodore Dreiser
1931, November: The End of the Lawrence Strike
1931, November: The Membership Campaign
1931, November: The Opposition on the Offensive
1931, November: Where Is the Mooney Movement?
1931, December: The Canadian Communist Trials
1931, December: The Downfall of the Volkszeitung
1931, December: Greetings to Communistes
1931, December: How They Play with the Great Slogans
1931, December: The “Hunger March”
1931, December: The Kentucky Miners
1931, December: On Which Side?
1931, December: The Opposition on the Eve of Great Advances
1931, December: A Race With Time
1932, January: Another Defeat in Kentucky
1932, January: Attacking the Marine Workers’ Defense
1932, January: Bombs for New Year’s
1932, January: Darrow and the Scottsboro Case
1932, January: Evidence Made to Order
1932, January: Father Cox
1932, January: Foreign-Language Work Of The CLA
1932, January: A Progressive Tendency
1932, January: Proletarian Party Split
1932, January: A Sorry Adventure
1932, January: United Front Prospects
1932, January:: Where Did They Learn?
1932, February: I.W.W. Wisdom
1932, February: Lassalle
1932, February: Learn from the Workers
1932, February: Morgenstern and Goodman
1932, February: United Front in Practice
1932, March: The Threat of Illegality and the Mood of the Workers
1932, March: A False Slogan
1932, April: Left Wing Victory or Treacherous Bargain?
1932, April: Scottsboro
1932, April: Trade Union Unity and the ILGWU
1932, April: Why So Hot?
1932, May: Centrist-Right Wing Unity?
1932, May: Bring the Unity Negotiations into the Open!
1932, May: The “Negotiators” Smoked Out
1932, May: Reply to Comrade Bojarsky
1932, May: Ungrateful Government
1932, May: Weisbord Blows The Whistle
1932, June: The Case of J.T. Murphy
1932, June: The Right Wing in a Blind Alley
1932, August: On Stalinist-Pacifist Relations at the Anti-War Conference A Letter to Roger Baldwin
1933, January: A New Federation of Labor?
1933, January: The New Party Turn
1933, January: The New York Unemployed Conference
1933, January: Who Will Prevail?
1933, February: Appeal for Aid to Readers
1933, February: The Militant to Appear Three Times a Week During Drive!
1933, February: Opposition at Gillespie
1933, March: Albany: Three Years of Party Policy
1933, March: Com. Cannon at Albany
1933, April: The P.M.A. Under Fire
1933, September: The Cleveland Fiasco
1933, September: The Left Wing Needs a New Policy and a New Leadership
1933, September: The Left Wing’s Place Is in A.F. of L. Unions
1933, October: The AFL, the Strike Wave, and Trade Union Perspectives
1933, December: The Lynching Wave and American Fascism
1933, December: Strike the Hotels!
1934 – 1935
1934, January: Correction
1934, March: Internationalism and the A.W.P.
1934, March: The Furriers’ Problem
1934, March: Another Opinion on the Furriers’ Situation
1934: Strike Call of Local 574 From the Daily Strike Bulletins of the 1934 Truckers Strike
1934: “... If It Takes All Summer” From the Daily Strike Bulletins of the 1934 Truckers Strike
1934: Eternal Vigilance From the Daily Strike Bulletins of the 1934 Truckers Strike
1934: Spilling the Dirt—a Bughouse Fable From the Daily Strike Bulletins of the 1934 Truckers Strike
1934: Drivers’ Strike Reveals Workers’ Great Resources From the Daily Strike Bulletins of the 1934 Truckers Strike
1934: Thanks to Pine County Farmers From the Daily Strike Bulletins of the 1934 Truckers Strike
1934: The Secret of Local 574 From the Daily Strike Bulletins of the 1934 Truckers Strike
1934: What the Union Means From the Daily Strike Bulletins of the 1934 Truckers Strike
1934: Learn from Minneapolis!
1934: Victory in Minneapolis!
1934: In the Spirit of the Pioneers Labor Action
1934: For Fusion with the AWP
1934: The New Militant
1934: Non-Partisan Defense
1934, December: Alarm Signals in the Soviet Union! (with A.J. Muste) New Militant
1935, February: The Truth About Sacramento – How C.P. Tactics Hurt Defendants New Militant
1935, April: The Betrayal in Rubber – And the Road Ahead New Militant
1935, May: War and the Franco-Soviet Pact New Militant
1935, May: War and the Stalin-Laval Communique New Militant
1936 – 1937
1936: Is Everybody Happy? Labor Action
1936: The Maritime Strike Labor Action
1936: Deeper into the Unions Labor Action
1936: The Color of Arsenic – and Just as Poisonous Labor Action
1937, January: Four Days that Shook the Waterfront Labor Action
1937, January: The Champion from Far Labor Action
1937, February: After the Maritime Strike Labor Action
1937, December: Cannon Exposes Attempt to Use the “Robinson” Case Against U.S. Trotskyists Socialist Appeal
1937, December: Who Killed Patrick Corcoran – Why? Socialist Appeal
1938 – 1940
1938, January: “Robinson-Rubens” Frameup Prepared for U.S. Spy Scare Socialist Appeal
1938, February: The New Party Is Founded The New International
1938, February: S.W.P. Replies to Slander of New Republic Socialist Appeal
1938, March: Letter to The New Republic Socialist Appeal
1938, March: SWP Leaders in Mexico City Support Workers Struggle (with Max Shachtman) Socialist Appeal
1938, April: CIO Decision to Form National Body Brings Unity Issue Forward Socialist Appeal
1938, May: Workers! Unite All Forces Against the Union Wreckers! Socialist Appeal
1938, June: An Urgent Appeal – Aid the Revolutionists! Socialist Appeal
1938, July: Bill Brown – A Proletarian Fighter [obituary] Socialist Appeal
1938, July: Jersey City – Lesson and Warning Socialist Appeal
1938, October: For a Socialist United States of Europe Socialist Appeal
1938, October: Ten Years of the Fight to Build a Revolutionary Party in the US Socialist Appeal
1938, November: Cannon Reviews the Past and Points to the Future [extracts fromspeech] Socialist Appeal
1938, November: National Committee Greets Konikow on 50th Anniversary Socialist Appeal
1938, December: Cannon Urges Party to Speed Appeal Campaign Socialist Appeal
1939, January: Omaha Truckmen in Key Battle Against Bosses
1939, January: S.W.P. Greets Tom Mooney (telegram)
1939, June: Before the Nat’l Party Convention
1939, June: New Directions Require New Methods of Party Work
1939, September: The New Policy of Stalinism in America
1940, August 28: To the memory of the old man (Trotsky obituary) [speech]
1941 – 1948
1941: Socialism On Trial
1941, December: A Statement on the War
1942: The Attack on The Militant They Collaborate with Fascists Abroad and Attack Freedom of the Press at Home
1942: The Russian Revolution A PDF of the original first edition of this pamphlet. Includes a speech given in 1922.
1944, August: Comment on James T. Farrell
1945, January: An Insult to the Party
1946: Theses on the American Revolution [The American Theses]
1947, May: Speech on Unity between the SWP and the WP
1948: The Two Americas
1951: Youth and Foreign Policy
1953, 16 January: America Under the Workers’ Rule
1953, 23 January: What Socialist America Will Look Like
1953: Letter from James P. Cannon to Farrell Dobbs , March 9, 1953. From Toward A History of the Fourth International
1953: Letter James P. Cannon to Michel Pablo From Toward A History of the Fourth International
1953: Letter from James P. Cannon to Sam Gordon, June 4, 1953. From Toward A History of the Fourth International
1953: Letter from James P. Cannon to Farrell Dobbs, July 9, 1953. From Trotskyism versus Revisionism
1953: Letter from James P. Cannon to George Novack, September 2, 1953. From Trotskyism versus Revisionism
1953: Letter from James P. Cannon to George Novack, September 3, 1953. From Trotskyism versus Revisionism
1953: Letter from James P. Cannon to Farrell Dobbs, September 18, 1953. From Trotskyism versus Revisionism
1953: Letter from James P. Cannon to Farrell Dobbs, December 7, 1953. From Toward a History of the Fourth International
1954 – 1959
1954: Letter from James P. Cannon to George Breitman, January 12, 1954. From Toward a History of the Fourth International
1954: Letter to Leslie Goonewardene February 23, 1954. From Toward a History of the Fourth International
1954: Letter to Leslie Goonewardene May 12, 1954. From Toward a History of the Fourth International
1954: Letter from James P. Cannon to George Breitman, March 1, 1954. From Toward a History of the Fourth International
1954: Letter from James P. Cannon to Farrell Dobbs April 13, 1954. From Toward a History of the Fourth International
1954: Letter from James P. Cannon to Farrell Dobbs April 24, 1954. From Toward a History of the Fourth International
1954: Letter from James P. Cannon to Farrell Dobbs April 28, 1954. From Toward a History of the Fourth International
1954: Letter from James P. Cannon to Farrell Dobbs May 12, 1954. From Toward a History of the Fourth International
1954: Letter from James P. Cannon to Farrell Dobbs June 3, 1954. From Toward a History of the Fourth International
1954: Letter from James P. Cannon to Farrell Dobbs July 16, 1954. From Toward a History of the Fourth International
1954 to 1956: Letters to a Historian: Nine articles from Fourth International and International Socialist Review, based on 22 letters written to Theodore Draper, who was researching his history of the US Communist Party.
1955, June: The I.W.W.
1955, June: Engels on the American Question
1956: E.V. Debs
1956: Trotsky on America
1957, June : Socialism and Democracy
1959, May 27: The Decision to Join the Trotskyist Camp in 1928
1961 – 1967
Last updated on: 8 February 2016