Communism

Communism

[Chicago: American Vigilant Intelligence Federation?], [1931]. First edition. An unattributed study of Communism organized into the following sections: I. Russia II. Communism in the U.S.A. III. Tentacles IV. Aims and Methods of the Communist Party of the U.S.A. V. The Present Day. Although no author or publisher is listed, this copy bears the stamp of the American Vigilant Intelligence Federation, a dubious investigative body founded by ex-private investigator, Harry Jung, that compiled files on subversive, which were then sold to concerned industrialists. As scholar Peter H. Amann remarks, “the Federation was a major producer and distributor of anti-Communist, anti-New Deal and anti-Semitic brochures, published in thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of copies” (A 'Dog in the Nighttime' Problem: American Fascism in the 1930s, p. 567). So the Federation could have been either producer or distributor of this pamphlet, although likely the former since its substance and form corresponds with other Federation reports. This includes the compilation of lists of Communist organizations or individuals, circulation statistics of Communist periodicals, and operating budgets for Communist organizations or sympathizers. Although “(Anti-semitism)” is penciled along the top of the front cover, besides a couple of innuendos this is not a particularly anti-Semitic work even in a veiled way, although Jung was a known anti-Semite and Nazi sympathizer.

Stapled self-wrappers (5 ½” x 8 ¼”), 32 p. Light wear to wrappers, small closed tear along bottom edge, vertical crease from folding. We were unable to find a record for this title in OCLC, although it’s a tricky one. A copy may exist in the collection of miscellaneous Federation pamphlets held at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Item #07403

Price: $75.00

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