Records of the American Trotskyist political organization include minutes, internal bulletins, pamphlets, position papers,
press releases, flyers, and leaflets, relating to Trotskyist political activities in the United States. Includes issuances
of youth groups and international affiliates of the Spartacist League.
The Spartacist League of the U.S. is a self-proclaimed revolutionary communist organization in the Marxist-Leninist-Trotskyist
tradition. Its antecedents date to the early 1960s and stem from the Revolutionary Tendency within the Socialist Workers
Party, American sympathizing section of the Fourth International (International Committee) at that time. The Revolutionary
Tendency espoused a number of criticisms of the majority leadership of the Socialist Workers Party, notably its decision to
participate in the reunified Fourth International (United Secretariat) and its uncritically favorable assessment of the Fidel
Castro regime in Cuba. These differences eventuated in expulsion of leaders of the Revolutionary Tendency at the end of 1963
and their formation of a group around the publication Spartacist early in 1964. Following failure to achieve agreement with remaining elements of the Fourth International (International
Committee), the group formally founded the Spartacist League of the U.S. in 1966.
20 manuscript boxes
8.3 linear feet)
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