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Date sent: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 14:34:54 -0400 (EDT) From: Marvin Gettlem <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: SethW@Maine.edu Copies to: H-LABOR@H-NET.MSU.EDU Subject: Re: Workmen's Educational Association - San Francisco - 1933 This response to Bob Cherny's July 5 query about a Work- men's Educational Association in SF may turn out to be more of a query itself than an answer. Before 1943-44 the U.S. Communist Party operated a series of "Workers Schools," called by that name mainly in the east and the mid-west. On the pacific coast the main such CP school before World War II was the Los Angeles People's Education Center, much of the documentation of which is to be found in that invaluable community library on South Vermont Ave in LA -- the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. But this doen't seem to speak to Bob Cherny's query; the name Workmen's Educational Association sounds archaic, First Inter- nationalish, to my ear. There was in the 20s and 30s an Soviet-linked Educational Workers' International, that brought out a journal THE TEACHERS INTER- NATIONAL. The New York Public Library has copies of this periodical between 1926 and 1932.In the Jan-Feb issue 1927 there is an essay on "Terror in Italy" signed only "G." The Gramsci mavens in New York pooh-poohed my suggestion that this might be an essay by you-know-who[m], but they tend to be defenders of their own turf from mere Yankee scholars, so in my mind, authorship of the "G" essay is still an open question. One of these days I'll bring the essay to the attention of the Gramscians of Emilia-Romagna and report back to this list. The American Historical Association's meeting in January 2001 will feature a paper on this Educational Workers' International Internation by the distinguished British scholar of the European left, Christine Collette. If anyone's interested, I have an abstract of Chris's paper I can send along the e-mail wires. Where does this leave Bob's query on the Workmen's Education Ass'n of San Francisco? Was it a local San Francisco offshoot of the Education Workers' International? I never promised a definitive answer; at best our collective ignorance has been raised a notch or two, and isn't that forward movement? -- Marv Gettleman email@example.com ------- End of forwarded message -------