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Editor says, what if Communist Party USA had aimed its main blow at FDR? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1881,on this day William Z. "Bill" Foster was born in Taunton, Massachusetts.
Toward a Soviet AmericaHe was a radical American labor organizer and Marxist politician, whose career included a lengthy stint as General Secretary of the Communist Party USA. He passed through the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, as well as leading the drive to organize the packinghouse industry during World War I and the steel strike of 1919.
During the 1930s, the Communist Party changed course, deciding to aim its main blow at the Presidency. But it was too late because only a month after Franklin D. Roosevelt's inauguration, he was assassinated by a man by the name of Alfred Kuhn, an avowed fascist and a high ranking officer of the "Silver Legion", a group of radicals who sought to abolish democracy; it was a a Day that will live in infamy.
From this chaos emerged several competing power groups, Cordell Hull's Democratic Guard, Oliver Frederick's Royalists and of course the Black Legion, a far right, paramilitary Fascist organization headed by Virgil Effinger.
Editor says, in reality there was no coup d'etat and William Z. Foster's book Toward a Soviet America was just put out as campaign literature. And yet the Soviet Union gave him a state funeral in Red Square and Khrushchev headed the honour guards. His ashes were interred with John Reed and Bill Haywood. In preparing this post, we have repurposed content from three articles, Socialist Worker, Wikipedia and A Day That Will Live In Infamy. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.