Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Heritage of Sen Katayama, Karl G. Yoneda CPUSA 1975

Vintage Leftist Leaflet Project

See the end of this post for details on the project.

Leaflet: The Heritage of Sen Katayama, Karl G. Yoneda CPUSA 1975

This leaflet is a short political biography that looks at the life and struggles of the early 20th century Japanese Communist leader Sen Katayama. Katayama played a role in the formation of the Communist parties in the USA, Canada and Japan in the wake of the Russian Revolution and was a revolutionary activist prior to it. 

One notable aspect of his story is the incredible racism he confronted from the American labor movement in general and AFL leader Samuel Gompers in particular. This was a serious issue within the Canadian labour movement at the time as well as we saw in the post "The Trades and Labor Congress of Canada: An Historical Review 1873-1949".

The author, Karl Yoneda had a remarkable activist life as well as you can read in outline on Wikipedia. 

(Click on scans to enlarge)

When The Left Chapter began part of what I wanted to do on the blog was to show and highlight vintage public leftist election/political leaflets and booklets. While many of these have been offered with commentary to date, a very large collection of hundreds of them from several different sources remains and to preserve these often quite rare documents we will be posting them on a regular (almost daily) basis now often without or with minimal commentary so that people may have access to them as quickly as possible as an historical resource. 

While these will all be leaflets from a variety of different leftist viewpoints and countries, they are being posted as an historical/study resource and the views or opinions expressed in them do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog or blogger.

All of these posts (as well as posts made to date) will be listed on the page: Vintage Communist/Socialist Leaflets (which is still being updated with past posts).

If you have any public, vintage leaflets or booklets you would like to contribute to this project please contact us via

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