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The Life and Lies of Paul CrouchCommunist, Opportunist, Cold War Snitch$
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Gregory S. Taylor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049205

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049205.001.0001

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“Paul Crouch, Bolshevik,” 1927–1932

“Paul Crouch, Bolshevik,” 1927–1932

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The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch

Gregory S. Taylor

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines Crouch's life as a Communist after his release from prison. Immediately upon release he joined the Workers (Communist) Party of America, travelled the nation, and spoke about the global dangers of capitalism for the All-American Anti-Imperialist League. He then travelled to Soviet Russia where he participated in an international Comintern meeting, after which he returned to the United States determined to put the policies he had learned in Russia into practice. As a part of that agenda, he implemented plans to expand the Party's base into the American South (and thus helped precipitate the infamous Gastonia Strike), worked to get Communists into the military, and made electoral efforts to win political offices for Communist candidates. His efforts achieved little practical success, but he remained steadfast in his ideological pursuits and slowly moved up the Party hierarchy.

Keywords:   Paul Crouch, Workers (Communist) Party of America, Soviet Russia, All-American Anti-Imperialist League, Comintern, Gastonia Strike

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