[AUTOGRAPHS & MANUSCRIPTS] [RADICAL AUTHORS] EASTMAN, Max
Typed Letter, signed. 1pp, to Jack Carney, dated July 23, 1919
New York: 1919. Brief 1-pp TLS on Liberator letterhead, addressed to Irish-American socialist writer Jack Carney. Mild wear and soil; old folds from mailing; Very Good. A letter with good content to Carney, who at this time was editor of The Irish Worker. Eastman refers to a meeting at which both he and Carney were present, expressing regret that "...I failed to see you when you were here...I am so preoccupied and anxious when speech-making is in order that I can hardly play the part of a human being at all..." The reference is no doubt to a planning meeting of the left wing of the Socialist Party of America, which at this time was conspiring its historic split from the main party. In September of 1919 the split occurred, with members of the Left Wing - including Eastman and Carney - forming the Communist Labor Party, precursor to the CPUSA.