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What is most original here is Palmer’s interpretation of the evolution of the thought of Theodore Draper between the first and second halves of his monumental two-volume work on Communism in the 1920s. Palmer observes that the first volume began with an equal emphasis on the parts played by individuals and events in the Soviet Union and the United States; but Draper worked his way to the conclusion that, after 1923, “Moscow domination” and not “the transformation of the Soviet revolutionary process” was the explanation for the corruption of the U.S. revolutionary Left.

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Historians of American communism have failed to recognize the existence of this political double standard. Their oversight has left them in a historical vacuum as they debate the behavior of communist professors. Thus the anti­communist historian Theodore Draper attacks communist professors for failing to maintain scholarly neutrality and worshipping the Soviet Union, while anti-anti­communist historian Ellen Schrecker defends these communists by arguing that they displayed "fairness and lack of bias" in their teaching. Both sides of this debate seem to assume that the presence of any bias in the teaching of communist faculty would constitute both a terrible indictment of them and a unique departure from professional standards. This is a naive assumption that reflects a lack of familiarity with what was going on in the classrooms of Depression America. The problem with both Schrecker and Draper is that since they only study communist teachers and not conservatives or liberals, they do not understand that these non­radical teachers were every bit as biased in their classroom work as their radical counterparts. However one judges radical teachers in Depression America, their instructional work cannot be set into historical context unless it is recognized that during this turbulent era bias entered the classroom from all positions on the political spectrum—right, left, and center. Unless this context is understood, we will never move beyond the unreality of this debate which casts communist teachers as either apolitical saints or indoctrinating sinners. On this debate see, Schrecker, 43-44; Theodore Draper, "The Class Struggle: The Myth of the Communist Professors," (Jan. 26, 1987), 29-36.

(Theodore Draper: op. cit.; p 71).

Theodore Draper was similarly disillusioned by the Nazi-Soviet pact, but in his case it led to the rejection of Marxism and the adoption of a liberal anticommunism which characterized him politically for the rest of his life.

(Theodore Draper: ibid.; p. 73). Fard was
Theodore Draper's incredibly detailed book about the many groups, factions and individuals that would form what became the Communist Party USA. Mostly focusing on the years 1917-1921, Draper traces the roots from the 'Left-Wing' of the Socialist Party of America and the IWW, to the Third International-linked CPUSA. At Mr. Theodore Draper's request, I am sending you herewith a copy of Chapter9, "The Politics of Trade Unionism," from his forthcoming second volume of the history of the CPUSA.I am going to try to put together the whole Passaic story and after next week, and I Imgoing to take the liberty of bothering you if something should be unclear. Meanwhile,my deepest gratitude for your help so far, and I wish you would give my warmestregards to your wife.Sincerely,Theodore DraperBy Theodore Draper New York: Times Books, 1996. Pp. xiv, 544. $35.00 cloth, $17.00 paper. Theodore Draper has a well-deserved reputation for producing excellent histories......Continue reading about
Theodore Draper, The Rediscovery of Black Nationalism (New York: Viking Press, 1971), 49.

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Theodore Draper, a 79-year-old historian whose work dates back to a 1944 study of the World War II, accepted early on the challenge of burying himself in Iran-Contra. His 1987 articles in the New York Review of Books were, along with Frances Fitzgerald's work in Rolling Stone and the New Yorker, the most perspicacious in the cottage industry on the matter which quickly evolved.

WHEN Theodore Draper set out in 1952 to write the history of the American Communist party he didn’t know what he was getting into.

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(Theodore Draper: op. cit.; p. 76). He was succeeded as leader of the 'Nation of Islam'by Robert Poole, a former car worker, the son of a Baptist minister, whohad been born in Sandersville, Georgia, in October 1897.

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Theodore Draper’s A Struggle for Power, the most recent account of America’s path to independence, studiously ignores this vast body of historical writing. Promoted by its publisher as a radical reappraisal, the book is in fact a throwback to an earlier mode of historical interpretation. In treating the colonial period as of interest only insofar as it culminated in independence, it is reminiscent of Bancroft. In its top-down approach and its central thesis – that ‘the Revolution was basically a struggle for power between Great Britain and its American colonies’ – it recalls the Imperial school. (Indeed, when Draper cites other historians they are likely to be long-forgotten practitioners of Imperial history like Charles McLean Andrews, Samuel Beer and Herbert Osgood.)