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Guide to the Max Bedacht Autobiographical Typescript: On the Path of Life: Memoirs of Your Father. TAM.072

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bedacht, Max, 1883-1972
Source - dnr: Feinstein, Elsie
Title: Max Bedacht Autobiographical Typescript: On the Path of Life: Memoirs of Your Father
Dates [inclusive]: 1967
Abstract: Max Bedacht was a communist activist, official, and theoretician who established and led the International Workers Order, a communist-led U.S. fraternal organization. The collection consists of an autobiographical typescript, On the path of life : memoirs of your father.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1
Call Phrase: TAM.072

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Historical/Biographical Note

Max Bedacht was a communist activist and theoretician. After an impoverished childhood and career as a journeyman barber and trade union leader in Germany and Switzerland, he immigrated to the United States in 1908 where he supported himself as a barber and German language newspaper editor. Bedacht became an early leader of the German Federation of the Socialist Party in California, while continuing to edit German language and labor newspapers in Detroit, San Francisco and South Dakota. From World War I onward his sympathies were increasingly with the left wing of the Socialist Party and at the 1919 convention he joined the Communist Labor Party. Caught up in the Palmer Raids in California and Chicago, he was arrested and tried for conspiracy. He was convicted but never imprisoned and was soon traveling to Europe and Russia as an international delegate for the American Communist Party.

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Scope and Content Note

This typescript autobiography, "On the path of life," deals with Bedacht's reflections on American and international communist leaders and the workings of the Comintern. He describes the factional feuds within the Communist Party, refutes Whittaker Chambers' charges against him in Witness! and recounts the circumstances around his expulsion from the Party in 1948, and his reinstatement in 1960. His work establishing and leading the International Workers Order is also traced. Throughout the memoir he comments on world events and their implications for socialism. Copies of photographs and of important documents are included.

Arrangement

The folders are arranged by chapter number.

The files are grouped into 1 series:

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  1. Inventory

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Feinstein, Elsie
  • Browder, Earl, 1891-1973
  • Chambers, Whittaker
  • Ruthenberg, Charles E. (Charles Emil), 1882-1927

Document Type

  • Typescripts.

Subject Organizations

  • Socialist Party (U.S.)
  • Communist Party of the United States of America
  • International Workers Order
  • Communist International

Subject Topics

  • Communism -- United States.
  • Socialism -- United States.
  • Communists -- United States -- Biography.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Max Bedacht 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; Collection name; Collection number; 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

International Workers Order Records (TAM 001)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Elsie Feinstein, daughter of Max Bedacht, 1978. The accession number associated with this gift is 1978.008.

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Container List

Inventory

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Table of Contents
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Box: 1 Folder : 2 In Place of an Introduction
1967
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Chapter 1: From Darkness Into Light, pp. 1-12
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Box: 1 Folder : 4 Chapter 2: Growing Up, pp. 12-18
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Box: 1 Folder : 5 Chapter 3: School Days, pp. 19-26
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Box: 1 Folder : 6 Chapter 4: Apprenticeship, pp. 27-34
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Box: 1 Folder : 7 Chapter 5: At Last: A Journeyman, pp. 35-40
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Box: 1 Folder : 8 Chapter 6: Out Into the Wide World, pp. 41-50
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Box: 1 Folder : 9 Chapter 7: My Eyes Begin Opening, pp. 51-65
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Box: 1 Folder : 10 Chapters 8 & 9: I Continue Wandering, pp. 65-96
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Box: 1 Folder : 11 Chapter 10: Out of the Old Into a New World, pp. 96-104
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Box: 1 Folder : 12 Chapter 11: My Americanization, pp. 105-119
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Box: 1 Folder : 13 Chapter 12: A Variety of Democracies, pp. 119-128
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Box: 1 Folder : 14 Chapter 13: The Muckrakers, pp. 128-142
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Box: 1 Folder : 15 Chapter 14: The American Socialist Party, pp. 142-148
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Box: 1 Folder : 16 Chapter 15: Peace, War, and Revolution, pp. 149-173
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Box: 1 Folder : 17 Chapter 15(a): New Experiences-New Lessons, pp. 173-212
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Box: 1 Folder : 18 Chapter 16: In Conflict With the Goddess of Justice, pp. 213-245
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Box: 1 Folder : 19 Chapter 17: A Better World is in Birth, pp. 246-261
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Box: 1 Folder : 20 Chapter 18: I Meet Lenin, pp. 262-273
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Box: 1 Folder : 21 Chapter 19: The City of Moscow, pp. 273-276
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Box: 1 Folder : 22 Chapter 20: The Third Congress of the Comintern, pp. 277-283
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Box: 1 Folder : 23 Chapter 21: Returning Home to the U.S., pp. 283-288
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Box: 1 Folder : 24 Chapter 22: The Geese Were Hatched, pp. 289-293
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Box: 1 Folder : 25 Chapter 22(a): The Fourth Congress of the Comintern, pp. 293-301
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Box: 1 Folder : 26 Chapter 23: Beginning and Growth of Factionalism, pp. 301-315
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Box: 1 Folder : 27 Chapter 24: Through Bossism to Disintegration, pp. 315-319
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Box: 1 Folder : 28 Chapter 25: The Witness, pp. 319-329
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Box: 1 Folder : 29 Chapter 26: The Depression, pp. 329-334
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Box: 1 Folder : 30 Chapter 27: Bossism Replaces Factionalism, pp. 334-339
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Box: 1 Folder : 31 Chapter 28: National Groups, pp. 339-346
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Box: 1 Folder : 32 Chapter 29: Fascist Murderers in Spain, pp. 346-352
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Box: 1 Folder : 33 Chapter 30: The Second World War, pp. 352-360
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Box: 1 Folder : 34 Chapter 31: Life Begins at Sixty-Four, pp. 361-371
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Box: 1 Folder : 35 Chapter 32: Farm No Static Entity, pp. 372-380
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Box: 1 Folder : 36 Chapter 32(a): Expelled, pp. 380-388
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Box: 1 Folder : 37 Chapter 33: Pettit Bourgeois Substance of Revolutionary Pretenses, pp. 389-400
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Box: 1 Folder : 38 Chapter 34: Studying Times and Events, pp. 400-408
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Box: 1 Folder : 39 Chapter 35: Stalin Takes Lenin's Place, pp. 408-416
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Box: 1 Folder : 40 Chapter 36: Genuine Sins-False Confessions, pp. 416-425
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Box: 1 Folder : 41 Chapter 37: A False Spark of Life, pp. 425-427
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Box: 1 Folder : 42 Chapter 38: Still Looking Forward, pp. 427-431
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Box: 1 Folder : 43 Chapter 39: A Final Round-up, pp. 431-433
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Box: 1 Folder : 44 Our Civilization and it's Education, pp. 433-435
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Box: 1 Folder : 45 Civilization and Religion, pp. 436-437
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Box: 1 Folder : 46 Politics and Civilization, pp. 437-439
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Box: 1 Folder : 47 Civilization and Wars, pp. 440-443
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Box: 1 Folder : 48 Civilization and Our Social Sciences, pp. 444-445
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Box: 1 Folder : 49 Forward Again Toward Civilization, pp. 446-451
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