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Guide to the Bert Cochran Papers
||Cochran, Bert, 1913-1984.
||Bert Cochran Papers
||1935-1978, (Bulk 1935-1955)
||Bert Cochran (1916-1984) was a Trotskyist active in the Communist League of America
(1934), the American Workers Party (1935-37), in the Appeal Group within the Socialist
Party, and in the automobile industry (1930s-40s), first in Cleveland within the Mechanics
Educational Society of America, then in Detroit as head of the Socialist Workers Party
Auto Fraction and as an activist within the United Automobile Workers of America.
He left/was expelled from the SWP in 1954 for his leading role in the “Cochran-Clarke”
faction, then helped found the magazine
The American Socialist(1954-1959), and subsequently wrote seven books that covered labor and economics,
and current domestic and international affairs. The collection contains correspondence,
minutes, and reports relating to his labor and political activities, typescripts of
speeches on various topics, and an (incomplete) untitled manuscript, a Marxist history
of warfare and society.
||2.25 linear feet (5 boxes)