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Guide to the Fourth Internationalist Tendency Records TAM 156

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Greg Stahl, 2009

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 24, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Fourth Internationalist Tendency Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1984-1992
Abstract: The Fourth Internationalist Tendency (FIT) was formed in 1983, by a group of individuals who split from the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and who went on to publish the Bulletin in Defense of Marxism. FIT disbanded in 1992, its members merging into another Trotskyist organization, Solidarity. The collection includes internal bulletins, minutes, and correspondence; it also contains some SWP internal documents, bulletins of a British Trotskyist organization, the Socialist League, and materials produced by the Fourth International.
Quantity: 2.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Call Phrase: TAM 156

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Fourth Internationalist Tendency (FIT) was a Trotskyist organization formed in 1983 after a factional split within the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). In the period 1981-1983 a number of leading members of the SWP, including George Breitman and Frank Lovell, created dissident factions within the Party and were soon expelled. Among the issues involved were differences over the SWP's turn toward "Castroism" and the question of affiliation and cooperation with the Fourth International. A 1982 speech by SWP leader Jack Barnes, "Their Trotsky and Ours," led to further defections and expulsions. A group of expelled members, led by Breitman and Lovell, went on to form the FIT in 1983. Other founding members of FIT included Paul Le Blanc, Evelyn Sell and Steve Bloom. Although expelled, the group considered itself an "external faction" of the SWP, and continued to try and influence the Party, without noticeable success. In 1990 the SWP, long estranged from the Fourth International, finally withdrew from the international body. This development caused the FIT to reassess its relationship to the SWP. The result was that the FIT disbanded in 1992 and merged with another Trotskyist organization, Solidarity, in 1993.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, minutes, reports and internal bulletins produced by the Fourth Internationalist Tendency (FIT) and by other socialist groups working, both U.S. and foreign. Material and ephemera from FIT-sponsored events and projects are also found in the collection. Among these events are a 50th Anniversary celebration for the Fourth International, the "Moscow Trials Campaign," national conferences and speaking tours. In addition to various internal bulletins relating to FIT there is the FIT Information Letter, a short and frequently produced, multi-page newsletter highlighting recent activity within the organization, along with relevant mainstream news stories and announcements of events and demonstrations happening in the cities that the FIT had a presence in. Correspondence files include requests from the public for material about FIT. Paul Le Blanc, Evelyn Sell and Steve Bloom are primarily responsible for correspondence present in the collection, both internal communications and communications with other left groups.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically. The collection is organized in one series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: General Files, 1984-1992.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Sell, Evelyn
  • Lovell, Frank
  • Le Blanc, Paul, 1947-

Document Type

  • Reports.
  • Programs (documents).
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Correspondence.
  • Bulletins.

Subject Organizations

  • Fourth Internationalist Tendency (Group)
  • Solidarity (Organization : U.S.)
  • Socialist Workers Party
  • Fourth International

Subject Topics

  • Socialism -- United States -- 20th century.
  • Communism -- United States.
  • Trotskyism |z United States.

Subject Places

  • New York (State)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by the Fourth Internationalist Tendency was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Fourth Internationalist Tendency Records; TAM 156; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

George Breitman Papers (TAM 169)

Frank Lovell Papers (TAM 204)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated by Paul Le Blanc in 1993. The accession number associated with this gift is 1950.172.

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Container List

Series I: General Files, 1984-1992., 1984-1992

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Alliance for Socialist Action: Bulletins
1987-1988
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Bloom, Steve: Correspondence
1984-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Committee to Defend Michael Warshawsky and the Alternative Information Center
1987-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Coordinating Committee for a U.S. Open Trotskyist Conference
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 5 FIT Educational Bulletin
Jul 1992-Aug 1992
Box: 1 Folder : 6 FIT Information Bulletin
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 7 FIT Information Letter
1984
Box: 1 Folder : 8 FIT Information Letter
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 9 FIT Information Letter
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 10 FIT Information Letter
1987
Box: 1 Folder : 11 FIT Information Letter
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 12 FIT Information Letter
1989
Box: 1 Folder : 13 FIT Information Letter
1990
Box: 1 Folder : 14 FIT Information Letter
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 15 FIT Information Letter
1992
Box: 1 Folder : 16 FIT Internal Discussion Bulletin
1984-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 17 FIT Internal Information Bulletin
1984-1986
Box: 1 Folder : 18 FIT Internal Information Bulletin
1987-1990
Box: 1 Folder : 19 FIT Internal Information Bulletin
1991
Box: 1 Folder : 20 FIT Internal Information Bulletin
Jan 1992-Apr 1992
Box: 1 Folder : 21 FIT Internal Information Bulletin
Mat 1992-Aug 1992
Box: 1 Folder : 22 FIT Women's Liberation Commission: Correspondence
1988-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Fourth International Caucus of Solidarity
1986-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Fourth International Executive Committee: Correspondence, Reports
1987-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Fourth International: 50th Anniversary
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Fourth International United Secretariat Bureau: Correspondence, Reports
1984-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Information Requests and Replies
1988-1991
Box: 1 Folder : 28 International Executive Committee: Reports
1987-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 29 International Executive Committee: Women's Commission: Correspondence, Reports
1987-1988
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Labor Party Advocates: Bulletins
1992
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Labor Party Club: Proposal
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Le Blanc, Paul: Correspondence
1988-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Local Coordinators Minutes: Cincinnati
1988-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Local Coordinators Minutes: Cleveland
1988-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Local Coordinators Minutes: Los Angeles
1988-1990
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Local Coordinators Minutes: New York
1988-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Local Coordinators Minutes: New York Executive Committee
1988-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Local Coordinators Minutes: Pittsburgh
1991
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Local Coordinators Minutes: Twin Cities
1988-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Local Coordinators: New York, Correspondence, Fliers, Reports
1986-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Mark Curtis Defense Committee: Fliers, Court Documents
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Marxist Education Bulletin: Correspondence, Bulletin
1986
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Moscow Trials Campaign
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 14 National Conference: Cleveland, Ohio
1986
Box: 2 Folder : 15 National Conference: Cleveland, Ohio
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 16 National Conference: Fifth National Conference
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 17 National Conference: Oberlin College
1987
Box: 2 Folder : 18 National Conference: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1991
Box: 2 Folder : 19 National Conference: Wilder Forest, Minnesota
1987
Box: 2 Folder : 20 National Conference: Wilder Forest, Minnesota
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 21 National Conference: Wilder Forest, Minnesota -- Sunday Plenum
Sep 1990
Box: 2 Folder : 22 National Organizing Coordinators: Correspondence
1984-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 23 National Organizing Coordinators: Minutes
1984-1988
Box: 2 Folder : 24 National Organizing Coordinators: Minutes
1988-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 25 National Organizing Committee Plenum
Feb 1990
Box: 2 Folder : 26 National Organizing Committee Plenum: Minutes
1991
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores (Mexico): Correspondence, Bulletins
1986-1987
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Regroupment Center Convention
1986
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Samary, Catherine: Speaking Tour
1988-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Sell, Evelyn: Correspondence
1988-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Socialist Action Convention Reports
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Socialist Action: Correspondence, Reports
1984-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Socialist League (UK): Correspondence
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Socialist League (UK): Pre-Conference Discussion Bulletins
1987
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Socialist Unity: Correspondence, Fliers
undated, 1985-1986
Box: 2 Folder : 36 Socialist Workers Party (USA): Correspondence, Reports
1986-1990
Box: 2 Folder : 37 Solidarity: Bulletins
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 38 Solidarity: Correspondence, Reports
1986-1990
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Solidarity Discussion Bulletin: Pre-Convention Series
1987
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Solidarity Discussion Bulletin: Pre-Convention Series
1990
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Solidarity Discussion Bulletin: Pre-Convention Series
1992
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Trotskyist League: Correspondence, Reports
1992

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