Fall Term Announcement of Courses September 24 to December 15, 1934. The Workers School.
Fall Term Announcement of Courses September 24 to December 15, 1934

Fall Term Announcement of Courses September 24 to December 15, 1934

New York: The Workers School, 1934.

Octavo-sized pamphlet measuring 8 7/8 x 6 inches (225 x 152 mm), 16 pages, in stapled printed wrappers. Laid in is a slightly smaller handbill, printed recto only.

A pamphlet listing courses available during the Fall 1934 term at the Workers School in New York, which was operated by the Communist Party USA. The school offered a staggering number of evening courses in various aspects of Marxism-Leninism, economics, and history, all from the Party's standpoint. The school, located at 35 East 12th Street in Manhattan, was one of many Workers Schools that the Party operated around the country. (That building now consists of co-op apartments that sell for millions of dollars, unaffordable by any proletarians.)

There were also courses in English and Russian, along with "special courses," such as "Problems of the Negro Liberation Movement," taught by James W. Ford, the CPUSA's candidate for Vice President in the three elections from 1932-1940. Another special course was "Revolutionary Interpretation of Modern Literature," taught by staff members of New Masses magazine, including Mike Gold and Joseph Freeman.

Tuition for each course was $3. The school emphasized that it wasn't an academic institution and that it "participates in all the current struggles of the working class," including strikes and demonstrations. Nonetheless, it was clearly no-nonsense. In a section on attendance, the pamphlet states: "Classes begin promptly at the hour set. Regular and punctual attendance is required. Failure to attend two weeks in succession without explanation will necessitate elimination of the student from the rolls."

Included with this pamphlet is a handbill for the Workers School, highlighting "Courses for Workers." One of the lecturers listed is "Browder," referring to Earl Browder, the general secretary of the CPUSA.

This pamphlet and handbill are rare. OCLC shows no institutional holdings (although it's possible they're included in uncatalogued ephemera collections). RARE.

A fascinating insight into Communist education during the Depression years of the 1930s.

CONDITION: The pamphlet has some soiling and edge wear to the wrappers as well as rusted staples. Top half of lower wrapper detached from text block. Internally, clean and unmarked. The handbill has numerous small nicks and tears. About Very Good overall. Item #2256

Price: $250.00

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