[CPUSA] [EARL BROWDER]
Appeal of Earl Browder to the members of the C.P.U.S.A.!
(New York): By the Author, 1946. First Edition. Folio (30.5cm). Single sheet folded to make four pages. On newsprint. Old folds; slight darkening to paper; a few brief nicks to margins; Very Good. A personal appeal from Browder, formerly the leader of the CPUSA, to the Party membership, dated three days after his expulsion from the Party in February of 1946. The circular was printed and mailed at Browder's own expense, presumably using an address list to which he no longer had any legal right. The Appeal outlines the circumstances and conditions leading up to his expulsion; Browder claims that the proceedings of the National Board were "indecently hasty," that their accusations against him were "shadowy and without substance," and that the board gave him no oportunity to prepare a defense or even to rebut the charges. Scarce - OCLC locates two copies only (Syracuse, Williams) - and a telling example of the summary judgments exercised by the Comintern in matters of political deviancy.