MIA: Encyclopedia of Marxism: Glossary of Periodicals



Socialist Appeal (1941-1948)

London. Organ of the Workers International League, one of two Trotskyist organisations in Britain during WWII and shortly therafter. Unlike the other group, the Revolutionary Socialist League, this one remained unaffiliated to the Fourth International. Lead by Gerry Healy, among others.

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The first number of the Social-Demokrat appeared under the editorship of Schweitzer on December 15, 1864. The names of Marx and Engels were included in the list of contributors. From January 4, 1865, the paper began to appear regularly three times a week. In February 1865 Marx and Engels withdrew from the circle of contributors to the Social-Demokrat because Schweitzer did not come out definitely enough against the Prussian government.


Socialist Review (1934-1937)

Known previously as American Socialist Quarterly Socialist Review wast the official magazine of the Socialist Party of America in the 1930s and 1940s. Starting out as American Socialist Quarterly the name changed to Socialist Review in September 1937. Even with the name “Quarterly” in it’s title, the magazine was monthly starting from Volume 5, No. 1 in March of 1936. The journal reflected the dominent “Militant” tendency that was composed of of the ‘center’ leadership of the SPA whose main leader was Norman Thomas, though he was not formally part of this caucus in the Party. There was both a growing left wing lead by the American supporters of the movement for the Fourth International lead by former CPUSA member James P. Cannon and grouped around the weekly periodical Socialist Appeal. There was also the right-wing tendency associated with the magazine New Leader inside the SPA. We have only narrow listing of years for the magazine below, 1934 through most of 1937.

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Socialist Worker (1977-present)

Chicago. Monthly organ of the International Socialist Organization, and organization that arose out a split in the International Socialist group in 1976. While the ISO itself focused on campus activities a large focus in Socialist Worker was on the growing ferment in the late 1970s and early 1980s in some of the largest trade unions in the U.S. and the various rank-and-file movements there.

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Socialist World, The

The Socialist World was the descendent of The Socialist Appeal published in Chicago as an official periodical of the Socialist Party of America and edited by Eugene V. Debs. It ceased publishing in August of 1926 and was merged with The New Leader a SPA publication out of New York City.

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Sojourner Truth (1969-1985)

The Sojourner Truth Organization, according to historian Michael Staudenmaier, was an American “revolutionary group based largely in Chicago during the 1970's and 1980's. STO, as it is commonly known, created a small but vibrant political tendency around the concepts of challenging dual consciousness, opposing white supremacy, supporting extra-union organizing in factory settings, defending anti-imperialist and national liberation struggles, and building an internal culture of intellectual rigor and sophistication.” This section contains the mass paper Insurgent Worker , it's theoretical journal Urgent Tasks and variety of pamphlets and subject indexes

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Soldatskaya Pravda (Soldiers’ Truth)

A Bolshevik daily, began to appear on April 15 (28), 1917 as the organ of the Military Organisation of the Petrograd Committee, R.S.D.L.P.(B.); from May 19 (June 1), 1917 it became the organ of the Military Organisation of the Central Committee, R.S.D.L.P.(B.); during the July events of 1917 the paper was closed down by the Provisional Government; from July to October 1917 it came out under the names of Robochy i Soldat (Worker and Soldier) and Soldat (Soldier). After the October Revolution publication was resumed under the old name and continued up to March 1918.


Sotsial-Demokrat (The Social-Democrat)

1. A Menshevik Georgian-language newspaper. Published in Tiflis from April 7 - November 13, 1905. A Total of six issues were released. Its’ editor in chief was Noi Jordania, leader of the Georgian Mensheviks.

2. An illegal Russian newspaper, Central Organ of the R.S.D.L.P., published from February 1908 to January 1917. Altogether 58 issues appeared. The first issue was put out in Russia, but further publication was arranged abroad, first in Paris, then in Geneva. By a decision of the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P., the Editorial Board was made up of representatives of the Bolsheviks, the Mensheviks and the Polish Social-Democrats. The paper was largely run by Lenin (Over eighty articles and paragraphs by Lenin were published in the paper). Lenin fought for a consistent Bolshevik line on the Editorial Board. From December 1911 Sotsial-Demokrat was edited by Lenin.

At the beginning of the First World War, after a year of having been shut down, Lenin succeeded in restarting the newspaper. Issue No. 33 containing the manifesto of the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P. drafted by Lenin came out on October 19 (Nov 1), 1914. Lenin’s articles published in Sotsial-Demokrat during the war played an important part in helping to apply the strategy and tactics of the Bolshevik Party on the questions of war, peace and revolution, in denouncing social-chauvinists, and uniting the internationalist forces in the world labour movement.


Southern Worker, The (1930-1937)

The Southern Worker was a newspaper the Communist Party set up in Birmigham, Alabama, in the “Deep South” of the U.S. Designed to spread organize workers inthe CP it directly confronted the racism of Jim Crow segration. Starting in the middle of the “Third Period” during this ultra-left period between 1928 and 1935. This paper became a major exponent of the “Black Belt Theory” that raised the demand of a Black Nation in the heart of the South.

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Collection digitized by Marty Goodman, MD, Riazanov Library Project


Soviet Russia Pictorial (1923)

Soviet Russia Pictorial was the monthly magazine of the friends of Soviet Russia (FSR). The FSR was formally established in the United States on august 9, 1921 as an offshoot of the American labor alliance for trade relations with Soviet Russia. It was launched as a "mass organization" dedicated to raising funds for the relief of the extreme famine that swept Soviet Russia in 1921, both in terms of food and clothing for immediate amelioration of the crisis and agricultural tools and equipment for the reconstruction of Soviet agriculture. In 1924 it was merged with Workers Monthly and the Labor Herald to become The Liberator.

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Collection digitized by Marty Goodman, MD, Riazanov Library Project


Sovremenny Mir (The Contemporary World)

A literary, scientific and political monthly published in Petersburg from 1906 to 1918. Among its contributors were Mensheviks, including Plekhanov. Bolsheviks also contributed to the magazine during the block with the Plekhanov group of pro-Party Mensheviks and in early 1914. In March 1914, it carried Lenin’s article "Socialism Demolished Again".


Sozialistische Monatshefte (Socialist Monthly)

Chief organ of the German Social-Democratic opportunists and an organ of international opportunism; during the First World War it took a social-chauvinist stand; published in Berlin from 1897 to 1933.