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Cannon, James Patrick, 1890-1974. The fifth year of the Russian revolution - Image 13. 1923?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 26, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/4083/show/4071.

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Cannon, James Patrick, 1890-1974. (1923?). The fifth year of the Russian revolution - Image 13. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/4083/show/4071

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Title The fifth year of the Russian revolution
Alternative Title The fifth year of the Russian revolution: a report of a lecture
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Cannon, James Patrick, 1890-1974
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Workers Party of America
Publisher Workers Party of America
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York, New York
Date 1923?
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Communism
  • Economics
  • History
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • Russian Revolution, 1917-1921
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Soviet Union
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 21 pages; 19 cm
Original Item Location DK265.C365 1923
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304535~S5
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction Public Domain: This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Title Image 13
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Transcript I never saw a strike in Soviet Russia and never heard of one taking place while I was there. But comrade Malnitchansky, the head of the Moscow trade unions, told me of a few that had occurred under his jurisdiction. In those cases all the methods and forms of industrial warfare familiar to European and American labor movements automatically developed, such as strike committees, pickets, strike benefits, etc. There had been rare cases, he told me, when unscrupulous employers had tried to operate the struck plant by means of ignorant peasants recruited from the villages. The Government gave no favor to this "freedom of contract" so popular with our own Government. And a visit from the pickets usually sufficed to convince the strike-breakers that they had better go back where they came from. I asked Comrade Melnitchansky if they had encountered any strike injunctions. He laughed and answered, "My dear comrade, you must understand that this is not America!" I attended the Fifth All-Russian Trade Union Congress. It is analogous to the national convention of the American Federation of Labor, but is was quite a different looking delegation from the sleek, fat, over-dressed "men of labor" who meet once a year under the chairmanship of Gompers. There were more than a thousand delegates present at this congress; and I saw only one man who appeared to be over weight. The Congress was held in the Moscow labor temple which, in the old days was the Nobles Club. It is a gorgeous place, with marble pillars, crystal chandeliers and gold leaf decorations. One could imagine that the "Nobles" had many a good time there in the "good old days." But, in the words of the comic strip artist, "Them days is over." The workers are the ruling class to-day and they have taken all the best places for their own purposes. I saw something at that Congress that never yet happened in America. Zinoviev and Rykof came to the Congress to make a report on behalf of the Government. I thought how natural it was, in a country ruled by the workers for the Government to report to the trade unions. It is just as natural as it is in America for the Government to report to the Chamber of Commerce. The same principle applies. Governments have the habit of reporting to those whom they really represent. The 13