AMERICA 1938-1953

“The Negro Question”, a column by J.R. Johnson in Socialist Appeal, 26 November 1938.

“Self-Determination for the American Negroes”, “A Negro Organization” and “Plans for the Negro Organization” (discussions with Trotsky, Coyoacan, Mexico, 4/5/11 April 1939), in Internal Bulletin, Socialist Workers Party, no. 9. June 1939. Reprinted in Documents on the Negro Struggle, Pioneer Publishers, New York, 1962, in Leon Trotsky on Black Nationalism and Self-Determination, 2nd edition, Pathfinder Press, New York, 1978 (1st edition Merit Publishers, 1967), and in Rendezvous.

“Preliminary Notes on the Negro Question”, Socialist Workers Party’s Internal Bulletin, No. 9, June 1939.

“Notes Following the Discussions”, Socialist Workers Party’s Internal Bulletin, No. 9, June 1939.

“Fighting Against the Stream” (discussion with Trotsky, April 1939), published in uncorrected typescript in SWP’s Internal Bulletin, vol. II, no. 4, 20 December 1939, under title “The Fourth International in Europe”, with Trotsky identified as “Crux”, James as “Johnson”; reprinted in Fourth International, May 1941, minus final three paragraphs and James’s introductory statement, in Writings of Leon Trotsky, 938-39, Pathfinder Press, New York, 1974 (Merit Publishers, 1969), and in Rendezvous.

“On the History of the Left Opposition” (discussion with Trotsky, early April 1939), uncorrected transcript by James in SWP’s Internal Bulletin, vol. II, no. 7, January 1940; reprinted in Writings of Trotsky, ¡938-39, op. cit., and in Rendezvous.

“The Right of Self-Determination and the Negro in the United States of North Americas”, SWP New York Convention Resolutions, 11 July 1939.

“The SWP and Negro Work” (resolution presented to and adopted by SWP national conference, New York, 1-4 July 1939), reprinted in Documents on the Negro Struggle, 1962, and in Leon Trotsky on Black Nationalism and Self-Determination, op.cit..Translation of Boris Souvarine’s Stalin (from French), Seeker and Warburg, London, 1939; Longman, Green, New York, 1939; Alliance Book Corps; 690pp.

“The Negro Question”, a column in Socialist Appeal (J.R. Johnson: 1939—August 15, 22, 25, 29; September 1, 5, 6*, 9*, 11*, 13*, 15*, 18*, 20*, 26*, 29*; October 3*, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20**, 24**, 27, 31; November 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24; December 1, 9, 16, 23**, 30**. (* indicates pieces reprinted as pamphlet “Why Negroes Should Oppose the War”, issued by Pioneer Publishers, New York, October 1939, 32pp.; reprinted in Fighting Racism in World War II, Monad Press, New York, 1980. ** indicates piece was reprinted in Fighting Racism in World War II, op.cit.)

“Labor and the Second World War”, series of articles by J.R Johnson in Socialist Appeal: 1939—October 27, 31; November 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21.

“Revolution and the Negro” (J.R. Johnson), The New International, December 1939.

“The Negro Question”, a column in Socialist Appeal (J.R. Johnson): 1940—January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3*, 10, 17, 24; March 9. (* reprinted in Fighting Racism in World War
II, op.cit.)

“Native Son and Revolution”, The New International, Vol. 6 No. 4, May 1940.

“Capitalism and the War”, The New International, July 1940.

“State and Counter-Revolution”, The New International, August 1940.

“Trotsky’s Place in History”, The New International, September, 1940.

Column in Labor Action (J.R. Johnson): 1940—May 27; June 10, 19, 24; July 8, 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2, 9, 16, 23.

“The Bolsheviks in the War”, (J.R. Johnson) The New International, February 1941.

“Russia—a Fascist state”, The New International, April 1941.

“Imperialism in Africa”, The New International, June 1941.

“To and From the Finland Station”, The New International, June 1941.

“Russia and Marxism”, The New International, September 1941.

““My Friends”: A Fireside Chat on the War” (Native Son), Originally published as a pamphlet by the Workers Party in June 1941.

Column in Labor Action (J.R. Johnson): 1941—March 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26, 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23; July 7, 14, 21, 28; September 22, 29; October 6, 13.

“Resolution on the Russian Question”, Resolution to the 1941 convention of the Workers Party of the United States, submitted by C.L.R. James on 19 September 1941.

“Letter on the nature of the Russian economy” The New International, April 1942.

Column in Labor Action (JR. Johnson): 1942—November 16; December 7, 14, 28.

Labor Action, unsigned columns probably by James on Missouri sharecroppers fight: 1942—April 12; May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13; September 28.

“Down with Starvation Wages in South-East Missouri” (Local 313, UCAPAWA-ClO), St Louis, 1942, l2pp.; reprinted in Future.

“Education, Propaganda and Agitation”, 1943, mimeographed; reissued, Facing Reality, 1968.

“Production for the Sake of Production—A reply to Carter” (J.R. Johnson), in Internal Bulletin, SWP, No.2, April 1943 (in Raya Dunayevskaya Papers).

“The Way Out for Europe”, The New International, April 1943 and May 1943.

“Beatrice Webb, Reformist”, The New International, May 1943.

“The West Indies in Review: Recent Developments in the Caribbean Colonies”, The New International, June 1943.

“The Race Pogroms and the Negro: The Beginnings of an Analysis”, The New International, July 1943.

“The Philosophy of History and Necessity: A few words with Professor Hook” (as A.A.B.), The New International, July 1943; reprinted in Spheres.

“Socialism and the National Question”, The New International, October, 1943.

“In the American Tradition: The Working-Class Movement in Perspective”, The New International, November, 1943.

“Negroes in the Civil War: Their Role in the Second American Revolution”, The New International, December, 1943.

“The National Question and The European Socialist Revolution: Contribution to the Discussion”, The New International, December, 1943.

Column in Labor Action (J.R. Johnson): 1943—January 4, 11; May 3, 24.

“In the International Tradition: Tasks Ahead for American Labour”, The New International, January 1944.

“Laski, St Paul and Stalin: A prophet in search of new values”, The New International, June 1944; reprinted in Future.

“The American People in ‘One’ World”, The New International, July 1944.

“The Course of the War”, The New International, August 1944.

“The French Rats and the Sinking Ships: A grave-digger indicts his fellows”, The New International, September 1944.

“German and European Civilisation”, The New International, November 1944.

“Which Way for PAC”, The New International, December 1944.

“Public Awareness of the Negro Question”, in Labor Action, 2 April 1945

“White Workers’ Prejudices”, in Labor Action, 23 April 1945

Column in Labor Action (J.R. Johnson): 1944—June 19, 26; July 3, 17, 24; August 21, 28; September 4, 20, 25; October 2, 4, 23; November 27; December 4, 11*, 18*, 25. (* One Tenth of the Nation, column on Black politics and history.)

“The Americanization of Bolshevism”, The New International, 1944.

Negroes and the Revolution: Resolution of the Minority”, The New International, January 1945.

“Reconversion — 1”,  The New International, March 1945.

“The Lessons of Germany”, The New International, May 1945.

“The British Vote for Socialism: The rise of British Labour”, The New International, September 1945; reprinted in Future.

Column in Labor Action (J.R. Johnson): 1945—January 8*, 22*, 29*; February 12*, 19*; March 5, 12; April 2*, 9*, 23*; May 7*; June 4, 11*, 18, 25*; July 2; August 13*, 27*; September 3*, 24*. (* One Tenth of the Nation.)

“Historical Retrogression or Socialist Revolution”, The New International, January and February 1946.

“The Task Of Building The American Bolshevik Party”, Bulletin of the Workers Party Volume I. No. 15 (Convention Bulletin #3) March 28, 1946

“The Program of the Minority”, Bulletin of the Workers Party Vol. I. No. 9, May 20 1946

“After Ten Years: On Trotsky’s The Revolution Betrayed”, The New International, October 1946; reprinted in International Socialism, 16, Spring 1964, and in Spheres.

Column in Labor Action (J.R. Johnson): 1946—January 6; February 4*, 18*, 25*; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 1*, 8, 8*, 15*, 22, 22*; May 20*, 27*; July 1, 1*, 8*, 22*; August 5, 5*, 19, 19*, 26*; September 2, 2*, 9, 16*, 23, 23, 30; October 7, 21, 21*, 28*; November 4, 4*, 18, 18; December 23*, 30. (* One Tenth of the Nation.)

Introduction to first English translation of Essays by Karl Marx Selected from the Economic-Philosophic MSS (J.R. Johnson, Freddie Forest, Ria Stone), Johnson Forest Tendency, New York, 7 August 1947; reprinted in Rendezvous.

The Balance Sheet: Trotskyism in the United States 1940-47 (J.R. Johnson, F.Forest and Martin Glaberman), Johnson Forest Tendency, New York, August 1947, 32pp.

Dialectical Materialism and the Fate of Humanity, New York, September 1947; edited and reprinted as Dialectic and History: An Introduction, with introduction by P. Buhle and D. Wagner, Cambridge, Mass., 1972; reprinted in Spheres.

“We join the SWP”, Bulletin of the Johnson Forest Tendency number 12, September 1947.

THE INVADING SOCIALIST SOCIETY (with F. Forest and Ria Stone), Johnson Forest Tendency, New York, 1947; reprinted with new preface by James, Bewick Editions, Detroit, 1972, 72pp.

Column in Labor Action (J.R. Johnson): 1947—January 6*, 13*, 20*; February 24*; March 3, 24; April 7, 14, 21; June 2. (* One Tenth of the Nation.)

Column in The Militant (J.R. Johnson): 1947—July 1, 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25; September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20; November 3.

“The Revolutionary Answer to the Negro Problem in U.S.”(J. Meyer), report delivered in presenting draft resolution on the Negro Question to 13th Convention of SWP, l-5 July 1948; reprinted in Documents on the Negro Struggle, Pioneer Publishers, New York, 1962, in Radical America James Anthology, May 1970, in Marxism and Black Liberation, Hera Press, Cleveland, 1980, and in Future.

NOTES ON DIALECTICS: Hegel, Marx, Lenin. Written in 1948 and circulated within Johnson Forest Tendency, photo-offset by Facing Reality 1965; mimeographed as Notes on Dialectics, published by Friends of Facing Reality, Detroit, 1970; new edition with introduction, Allison & Busby, London 1980, Lawrence Hill, Westport, Conn., 1980, 232pp.

Column in The Militant (J.R. Johnson): 1948—February 2, 9, 16; March 1*, 29*; April 12*, 17*, 26*; May 3*, 17. (* G.F. Eckstein.)

“Henry Luce and Karl Marx” (G. F. Eckstein), in  Fourth International, Vol.IX No.2 (Whole No. 84), March-April 1948 pp.40-49

Column in The Militant (J. Meyer): 1949—January 3, 17; February 7, 14*; April 25; May 2, 23; October 3, 10; November 7. ( G.F. Eckstein.)

“Winston Churchill – Tory War-dog” (G.F. Eckstein.), Fourth International, Vol.10 No.2 (Whole No. 92), February 1949, pp.41-46

““The Talented Tenth”: Negro Leadership and Civil Rights”, (J.Meyer), Fourth International, Vol.X No.4, April 1949, pp. 109-113

“Cromwell and the Levellers”(G.F.Eckstein), Fourth International, Vol.10 No.5, May 1949

“Price of Imperialism to the People: The Iron Heel” (G.F.Eckstein), Fourth International, Vol.10 No.7, August 1949

“Tercentenary of the English Revolution: 1649-1949: Ancestors of the Proletariat”(G.F.Eckstein), Fourth International, Vol.10 No.8, September 1949

“Stalinism and Negro History” (J.Meyer),  Fourth International, Vol.10 No.10, November 1949, pp. 309-314;

“Herbert Aptheker’s Distortions” (J.Meyer),  Fourth International, Vol.10 No.11, December 1949

Reply to Louis Menard’s review of Les Jacobins Noirs, in Les Temps Modernes, March 1950.

“Two Young American Writers”, in Fourth International, March/April 1950; reprinted in Spheres.

“Negro Liberation through Revolutionary Socialism: The Socialist Workers Party Position on the Negro Struggle” (SWP 1948 convention resolution, as amended and adopted in February 1950), in Fourth International, May/June 1950; reprinted in Documents on the Negro Struggle, op. cit..

“Capitalism and the Welfare State”, Extract from Equality under the Welfare State, The Fourth International, Vol. 11 No. 3, May–June 1950 (unsigned editorial)

Column in The Militant: 1950—January 23*; February 13.** (* G.F. Eckstein; **J. Meyer.)

STATE CAPITALISM AND WORLD REVOLUTION, originally published anonymously, as collective statement of Johnson Forest Tendency, 1950; 2nd edition, with preface signed by Johnson, Christianson, Chaulieu, Brendel, Maassen and Hughes, Welwyn Garden City 1956; 3rd edition with preface by Martin Glaberman, Facing Reality, Detroit, 1969, l08pp; extracts in Radical America James Anthology, May 1970, and in Future. New edition with foreword by James and introduction by Paul Buhle, Charles H. Kerr, Chicago 1986.

NOTES ON AMERICAN CIVILIZATION, unpublished typescript, 33Opp, 1950. To be published by James, edited and introduced by Anna Grimshaw and Keith Hart as The Struggle For Happiness, extract in The Times Higher Education Supplement, March 1989; now to be issued as American Civilization, Blackwell 1992.

“On the Woman Question: An Orientation”, An SWP discussion held on 3rd September 1951, opened by CLR James

Column in The Militant (J. Blake): 1951—(as J. Blake) March 12; April 30; May 7, 14, 21; June 11, 25.

“The Balance Sheet Completed: Ten Years of American Trotskyism” (with F.Forest), Johnson Forest Tendency, New York, August 1951.

“On Organization”, “On Proletarianization” and “Summary on Proletarianization” (Evans), in Towards a Workers Organization, March 1952.

MARINERS, RENEGADES AND CASTAWAYS: The story of Herman Melville and the world we live in (written in 1952), privately published, New York, 1953, 2l5pp.; new edition with introduction by George P. Rawick and Afterword, but omitting last chapter which dealt with James’s deportation, Bewick, Detroit, 1978, 168pp.; extracts in Radical America James Anthology, May 1970, and in Future; reprinted by Allison & Busby, London, 1984.