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Cannon, James Patrick, 1890-1974. The fifth year of the Russian revolution - Image 16. 1923?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 15, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/4083/show/4074.

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Cannon, James Patrick, 1890-1974. (1923?). The fifth year of the Russian revolution - Image 16. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/4083/show/4074

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Cannon, James Patrick, 1890-1974, The fifth year of the Russian revolution - Image 16, 1923?, Socialist and Communist Pamphlets, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed August 15, 2020, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/4083/show/4074.

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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 16
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Transcript Army do?" The Red Soldier is present at all the councils of the war makers. He puts his fist on the table and says, "I am in on the war game in Europe from now on!" The Red Army is something new under the sun, a proletarian army, made up exclusively of workers and peasants, with most of its officers drawn from the working class. It proved its mettle in the long and successful struggle against the interventionist armies. It has a morale, spirit and discipline unknown to the military history of Europe. There is not an army on the continent of Europe that, man for man, can stand up against it. When I was in Russia the size of the Red Army had been reduced to 800,000 men. Since I left it has been still further reduced to 600,000. But that is not its full strength by any means. The standing army of 600,000 is only a skeleton around which five million men, already trained for service, can be quickly organized. The Red Army is a powerful military machine, but that is not all. It is a school, the greatest school on earth. The great bulk of its soldiers come from the peasantry; and 80% of the Russian peasants are illiterate. But in the Red Army they are all taught to read and write. Last May Day they celebrated the liquidation of illiteracy in the Red Army. Trotsky made the statement that on that day there was not a soldier in the army who was not able to read and write. The Russian bolsheviks have taken an instrument of destruction and utilized it for a great constructive purpose. I visited some Red Army camps and learned something about the spirit of the soldiers at first hand. I had read something about it and wished to check up on what I had read. I asked Trotsky about it and he said, ''Go to the camps and see the soldiers themselves. Then you will understand it." I asked him why the red soldier has a different attitude toward the government from that of the other soldiers of Europe, and he answered, 'The attitude of the red soldier toward the soviet government is determined by the attitude of the Soviet Government toward the red soldier." That is the secret of it. That is the reason for the intense loyalty of the red soldier which the old school militarists cannot understand. The red soldier is respected and honored in time of peace as well as in war. He is not heroized as he marches — 16 —