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Guide to the Thomas Stamm Papers TAM.081

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 06, 2022
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 Edited by Anna Björnsson McCormick to remove unconfirmed biographical information.  , January 2022

Historical/Biographical Note

Thomas Stamm [1904-1980s] was a U.S. Trotskyist and one-time member of the Political Committee of the Workers Party who opposed the Party's 1935 decision to attempt to enter the Socialist Party of the United States in an attempt to broaden its influence. With Hugo Oehler, he formed the Revolutionary Workers League (RWL). In 1937, the group renounced Trotskyism, but while Oehler concluded that Trotsky had split with Marxism in 1934, Stamm held that Trotsky had degenerated in 1928, and the two split. Oehler retained the majority of the group, but Stamm set up a rival organization of the same name. This was some times known as RWL Revolt after its periodical, which ran Vol. I #1 March 26 1938 to Vol II #14 January 7, 1940.