Columbia Newsletter, June 29, 1970 [with] Columbia Student: Newsletter of the Columbia Unit of the American Student Movement, Vol. 1, No. 2, February 18, 1971
New York: American Student Movement, 1970-1971. Two issues of newsletters associated with the Maoist American Student Movement at Columbia University. The earlier issue is called “Columbia Newsletter: Local Organ of American Student Movement (anti-imperialist) at Columbia University” and the later issue is “Columbia Student: Newsletter of the Columbia United of the American Student Movement. We’re unsure whether this was the same newsletter renamed, but if so, seven months passed between the first and second issue.
Content for the Columbia Newsletter includes a report from an ASM demonstration, the introduction of the group’s paper, “American Mass Line” and two instances of violence associated with members selling their paper in NYC. In the “Columbia Student,” the group condemns the New Left, anarchistic “action without analysis” strategy for defeating imperialism and fascism (and specifically criticizes anti-war activist Rennie Davis), and instead advocates for Mao’s “proletarian revolutionary line” based on the scientific method and dialectical materialism. The verso discusses unrest and repression on Columbia’s campus following a speech by president William McGill, which illustrates “how afraid Columbia University is of class struggle on the ideological and cultural front.”
Two 8 ½” x 14” sheets mimeographed on both sides. Some creasing and light wear, old folds, a VG example. Only NYU shows any physical issues (Vol. 1, No. 3) in OCLC, with the Wisconsin Historical Society showing microform issues. Item #07200