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Industrial Socialist League of South Africa


the official organ of the Industrial Socialist League of South Africa, vol. 1, no. 1 - no. 10; [edited by A.Z Berman]

Published: Industrial Socialist League of South Africa, Cape Town, 1919-1920

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1 volume (various paginations). Marbled paper covered boards with linen spine. Slightly rubbed & worn on edges. Printed by Neil Wheeler & Co., 17 Commercial Street, Cape Town.  Bears the book plate of A.Z. Berman on inside front cover.        

Accompanied by unbound duplicate pages and also sold together with THE BOLSHEVIST.                                                                                                        

The Industrial Socialist League of South Africa espoused fervent support for Russia and workers around the world. The first volume expressed the hope that South African workers would answer the "urgent call" and not allow the "international Capitalist class" to drown the Russian Revolution in the blood of the Russian workers and peasants". THE BOLSHEVIK was not in support of local working class leaders, suggesting they had "already proved their ignorance and incompetence on matters affecting the workers" and had "given their blessing to the War". THE BOLSHEVIK also railed against the Industrial Commercial Union, who they felt had misled Mr Msimang of Bloemfontein and suggested that "native and coloured unskilled workers" should rather join the International Workers' Party. THE BOLSHEVIK supported night lectures on Thursdays at their Plein Street offices. There was a Socialist Sunday School, and "Open Air" Propaganda meetings on Sundays in Adderley Street, on Monday nights in Hanover Park and on Wednesday nights on Riebeeck Square. THE BOLSHEVIK also carried letters written under nom de plumes such as "SA Delegate" or "Communist". Later editions congratulate Russia on fighting off attacks from armies backed by Capitalist countries and began to carry article on aspects of socialism and anticipated revolutions around the world.

Not in SABIB [South African Bibliography to the year 1925].

  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 32 x 25 cm
  • Sold By: Select Books
  • Contact Person: David McLennan
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 021-4246955
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Credit card; EFT
  • Trade Associations: SABDA

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