Jacob A. Zumoff, PhD (2003) in history, University of London, has lectured at several universities, including as a visiting professor at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and, most recently, New Jersey City University. He has published on the labour movement and racial oppression in the Americas.
Those interested in the radical left and labour movement in the United States; the struggle for black equality; the history of the international Communist movement, as well as political and intellectual historians more generally.
"[...] this fine book stands as a major contribution to the history of Communism in the United States."
Paul Le Blanc, Labour/Le Trevail (2015)
"Zumoff’s book belongs in all research libraries and in big city public libraries."
Dan La Botz, New Politics
, February 27th, 2015
"The Communist International and US Communism, 1919-1929
is a detailed, nuanced book that analyses a very important period in U.S. communist history. It is a book worth reading. And reading again."
Tony Pecinovsky, People's World
"This book deserves a much more detailed examination and review than we are able to bring in this last issue of NWF.
[...] – labor scholars will find it interesting."
Gerry Henkel, New World Finn
, January-March, 2015 Winter, p. 21
Table of contents
Introduction: History and Historiography of American Communism in the 1920s
1: The Formation of the Communist Party, 1912–21
2: The Fight for Legality
3: Communists and the Labour Movement
4: William Z. Foster and the Turn towards the Labour Movement
5: The Farmer-Labor Party
6: The La Follette Fiasco, 1923–24
7: The Double-Edged Sword of ‘Bolshevisation’, 1924–26
8: The Foreign-Language Federations and ‘Bolshevisation’
9: Factionalism and Mass Work, 1925–27
10: The death of Ruthenberg and the Ascension of Lovestone, 1926–27
11: Lovestone between Bukharin and Stalin, 1927–28
12: The ‘Third Period’, the Sixth Congress and the Elimination of Opposition, 1928–29
13: Lovestone becomes a Lovestoneite, 1928–1929
14: The ‘Negro Question’ to the Fourth Comintern Congress
15: The ‘Negro Question’ from the Fourth to the Sixth Congress
16: The Sixth Congress and the ‘Negro Question’
17: ‘Self-Determination’ and Comintern Intervention