Written: For the Communist Party, USA,
campaign for the 1936 United States general election, in which Ford was the
party's candidate for Vice-President of the United States.
Source: The Communist Election Platform (National Campaign Committee of the Communist Party/Workers Library Publishers, New York City, 1936), page 2.
Transcribed: for marxists.org by Juan Fajardo, November 2023.
James W. Ford was born December 22, 1893 in Pratt City, Alabama, starting life as railroad worker at the age of thirteen. He attended Fisk University, and in 1917 entered the U.S. Army. Entering the labor movement after the World War, he played an active part in building the trade unions, joining the Communist Party soon after. An outstanding leader of the Negro masses and active fighter for the rights and interests of the common people, he was nominated for Vice-President of the United States on the Communist Party ticket in 1932 and in more recent months played a leading role in the National Negro Congress.