CLR James

The black jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo revolution - C.L.R. James

This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba.

It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of master toward slave was commonplace and ingeniously refined.

Radical America #16.03: 15 Years of Radical America an Anthology

Constituent Items:

W.E.B. DuBois (Richards, Paul)
Che Guevara (poem) (Sloman, Joel)
C. Wright Mills (Thompson, E. P.)
Herbert Marcuse (Aronson, Ronald)
C.L.R. James (Glaberman, Martin)
Edward Carpenter (Rowbotham, Sheila)
Sylvia Pankhurst (Widgery, David)
Prefigurative Communism (Boggs, Carl)

Radical America #05.06: Alternative education project, Nov.-Dec. 1971

Constituent articles:

- Introduction
- Peasants and workers (James, C. L. R. (Cyril Lionel Robert))
- George Jackson (James, C. L. R. (Cyril Lionel Robert))
- The way out world revolution (James, C. L. R. (Cyril Lionel Robert))
- Marxism in the U.S. (Buhle, Paul)
- Black Workers Congress

Radical America #05.05: Italy 1969-1970

Issue of Radical America from September-October 1971, predominantly about the mass struggles in Italy in the previous two years.

Constituent articles:

- Introduction
- Italy new tactics & organization
- Two steel contracts
- Their time & ours (Schanoes, David)
- Black studies (James, C. L. R.(Cyril Lionel Robert))

Radical America #02.04: Historical roots of Black liberation

Constituent articles:

- The historical roots of Black liberation (Rawick, George)
- Revolutionary letters #15 (DiPrima, Diane)
- Africa for the Afro-Americans George Padmore and the Black press (Hooker, J. R.)
- Document: C.L.R. on the origins
- Black editor an interview
- Boston Road blues (Henderson, David)

Facing reality - CLR James and Grace Lee Boggs

Writing in collaboration with Cornelius Castoriadis and Grace Lee, James examines the practical process of social revolution in the modern world.

"Springing forth from the utopian flames of self-emancipation kindled by the workers councils of the Hungarian Revolution, this pivotal book offers a socialist indictment of the miserabilism of state capitalism and calls for the ongoing rejection of both vanguardism and the bureaucratic rationalism of state power." - Ron Sakolsky, author of Creating Anarchy

Radical America #04.04: CLR James

CLR James issue of Radical America, a left wing magazine established by members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

Vol. IV, No. 4 MBV. 1970

Introduction by Martin Glaberman

Excerpt from Modern Politics (1960) ............ 3

The Revolutionary Solution to the Negro Problem
in the United States (1947) ................ 12
Excerpt from State Capitalism & World
Revolution (1949) ..................... 19

The Legacy of CLR James - Red and Black Notes

The following article was written for an on-line discussion of CLR James' book Facing Reality. It was been edited for publication by Red and Black Notes, and is republished here.

When Martin Glaberman died in Detroit last year, it was in many ways the end of a tradition. Marty often referred to himself as an "unreconstructed Johnsonite" and given that James died some 12 years previously, he could reasonably claim to be the last survivor of the tradition.

Review of Living for Change by Grace Lee Boggs - Red and Black Notes

Review of Living For Chang by Grace Lee Boggs.

"If the future is to be lived the past must be understood." With this paraphrase of Kierkegaard, Grace Lee Boggs ends her effort to provide an account of both her own past and that of an American left. For those seeking to make sense of the contradictory and confusing world of left- wing politics in the US over the course of this century, it is often useful to have a guide.

On Workers Culture - CLR James

The following article is an extract from an unsigned editorial in the newspaper Correspondence, December 12 1953. It may have been written by C.L.R. James, who had written an extensive essay on a related theme several weeks earlier. It should be noted that despite the use of the masculine pronoun throughout the article, the Correspondence group were quite sensitive to questions of gender. Thanks to Scott McLemee for providing this material. This article has been archived on from the Red and Black Notes website.

Picket lines, wages and hours, union bureaucrats and even the union meetings do not command the lively interest of the workers that they held in the past. Yet from the stories that we get every day from the shops, we can see a new form of struggle emerging. It never seems to be carried to its complete end, yet its existence is continuous.