Item #1547 Proletarian Journey: New England, Gastonia, Moscow. Fred Beal, rwin.
Proletarian Journey: New England, Gastonia, Moscow
Proletarian Journey: New England, Gastonia, Moscow
Proletarian Journey: New England, Gastonia, Moscow
Flight from Capitalism to Communism Ends in Disillusionment

Proletarian Journey: New England, Gastonia, Moscow

New York: Hillman-Curl, Inc., 1937. First edition. Black and white photographic plates. Cloth over boards. Octavo. 352 pages. Near fine in a good dust jacket. Bound in red cloth over boards with spine and upper board stamped in black and white. Shallow bumps to lower fore corners of boards, slight toning to endpapers, light foxing to top edge of textblock. Price-clipped jacket has slight fading to spine, rubs to fore edge and spine folds, and several edge chips. Front jacket panel is chipped to about 1/2" depth across most of top edge, and a large chip claims about 1 3/4" of the heel of jacket spine. Despite this, no significant content loss.

Memoir by Fred Beal, a former Communist activist who escaped to the Soviet Union after being convicted of murder during a labor strike in North Carolina. He worked at a tractor plant in Ukraine where he saw the horrors of Stalin’s forced collectivization of agriculture and resultant famine. He returned to the U. S. in 1933 and published this book while still a fugitive in North Carolina to expose the betrayal of workers by the Communist Party under Stalin. Beal's report divided left-wing and liberal opinion, and drew hostility and disparagement from many who had supported him in 1929.

An excellent copy of this important source. Scarce in commerce.


Item #1547

Price: $375

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