Jimmy Higgins, the mental world of the American rank-and-file Communist, 1930-1958. Aileen S. Kraditor.

Jimmy Higgins, the mental world of the American rank-and-file Communist, 1930-1958

New York: Greenwood Press, 1988. Hardcover. ix, 283p., very good condition in a slightly edge worn dj. Contributions in political science, no. 207.

"The original Jimmy Higgins," per p.2, "was a fictional character invented early in this century by Ben Hanford, a prominent member of the Socialist Party). Comrade Jimmy was the ideal rank-and-file Communist: the anonymous, devoted comrade who sold the party's literature" &c &c. Author Kraditor was a party member, characterizes fellow rank and filers as "true believers" who live "in a mental world that [does] not reflect reality. Kraditor breaks with the conventional approach of simply treating Party members as farther-left-leaning liberals"

Cat.No: 20075
ISBN: 0313262462

Price: $45.00