December 10, 2011

More than you need to know about Voice of Labor…

Filed under: Uncategorized — carrite @ 8:45 am

Saturday morning.

Content of an email sent by me to our little circle relating to a discussion of the relationship, if any, of two different runs of a publication called Voice of Labor.

Very interesting, David.

Cover of Voice of Labor, December 16, 1921

Cover of Voice of Labor, issue of December 16, 1921

I’ve gotta go mine coal today, so I’ll go grab the only-somewhat-reliable Goldwater…
Goldwater lists:
285. Voice of Labor, New York. v. 1, no. 1 to v. 2, no. 2. August 15, 1919 to July 10, 1920.
First published by the “Labor Committee of the National Left Wing” (of the Socialist Party), and edited by John Reed and Ben Gitlow, this became the organ of the Communist Labor Party until the spring of 1920. The United Communist Party published the last few issues.
286. Voice of Labor, Chicago. vol. 10, no. 504 to vol. 12, no. 7. July 8, 1921 to December 31, 1923.
This mid-Western weekly paper took the numbering of its predecessors, the Swedish Social-Demokraten, the New World (one issue), and New Age (March 25 to July 1, 1921). But with the new name, it took a markedly radical direction, with William Z. (sometimes listed as C.) Foster, John Beffel, and other editors. These came first from radical trade unions, then from the Communists. It became the Farmer-Labor Voice (publication #73).
Note: I have film with Social-Demokraten and New World/New Age (ex-Wisconsin, I think), as well as Voice of Labor #285 (NYPL) and #286 (not sure where that came from, need to check. Illinois Historical Society?).
I do NOT have Farmer-Labor Voice.
Here is Goldwater on that:
73. Farmer-Labor Voice, Chicago. v. 12, no. 8 to v. 13, no. 21. January 15 to August 1, 1924.
This semi-monthly, which continued the number of Voice of Labor (publication #286), was the “official organ of the Federated Farmer-Labor Party,” which William Z. Foster was now liquidating into the Workers (Communist) Party. The last issue announced, “With the present issue, publication of the Farmer-Labor Voice will be discontinued, and its subscribers will receive in place of it the Daily Worker (publication #63) for a period of one month.” Its first number was called vol. 1, no. 8 in error. The final issues were edited by Joseph Manley, Foster’s son-in law.
An aside: Manley later joined up with the Ruthenberg faction and died at a young age in an accident on the job. He was an ironworker — a construction worker.

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