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Advertisement for Spartacus American Literature... Democratic Americans Don't Want War
Anniversary Art and Politics Arts and Sciences Meeting
Background to 'Freedom Road' Beauty & Mystery of Stonehenge Betrayal story about Kurt Enoch
Big Finger Bobbitt case Boss [The Current Scene]
Broadaxe of Sinclair Lewis Bulwark of Peace Can Liberalism Survive?
Capital Punishment card with first "Spartacus" Christianity and Anti-Semitism
Citizen Howard Fast (audio) Civilization Drowns in Gossip Classic Capitalism
columns columns Commencement Means...
Cosmopolitanism Courage Is a Quiet Thing Cultural Forces Rally
Culture and the Future Current Scene [free travel] Dark Moment...
Day of War Dialogue [The Current Scene] Did Washington's Wisecrack...
Disclaimer [The Current Scene] Dramatic Challenge Dreiser's Short Stories
Drive Your Own Locomotive Ethics and Criticism Everybody Works
Eye For Detail [The Current Scene] Eyewitness Account Fascism and the Novel
Ferry to Freedom Fighter for Truth Four Brothers and You
Free Speech for Fascists? Free-trade future: the horror Freud and Science
From the Maccabbees... Fundraising Letter UOPWA George Washington
Glorious Fourth Greetings to Foster Help U.S.? No...
Hero's Diary Hill That Bled History in Fiction
How the Liberty Bell Came... Howard Fast on Review Howard Fast Revisits Foley Sq
Howard Fast's Peekskill Affidavit I Saw It Happen I Write As I Please
Importance of Registration In Search of the Welsh Incident at a University
Inglorious Tale from the Mexican War Intellectual [The Current Scene] Inventing America...
invitation to A Dinner It Isn't Easy... It's All in the Record
It's Not the Jungle Anymore Jews and the Cry for Justice Judge -- A Portrait
Justice and Death Kissinger and the Constitution Konstantin Simonov's Stories
Labor in American Revolution letter about "Spartacus" letter about "The Naked God"
Letter from Howard Fast letter on Mill Point Prison letter to Angus Cameron
Lincoln Is America Literary Scene in America Literary Scene in America
Living in a House of Cards Lovable Atom Madmen [The Current Scene]
Making of a Democrat Man and the Books Man's Hope
Matter of Validity Meadows Meaning of 'Galut' in American
Medina Suddenly Turns Sweet Memorial Day Massacre Method for Tolerance
Mind That Moved Three Nations My Decision My Father
Need to Believe Negro Finds His History Negro-Jewish Relations
New American Scholar No Man Can Be Silent No One to Weep
Not With Tears On Comparisons On Franz Weiskopf
On Going To Prison On Leaving the Communist Party On Oliver Twist
On Receiving the Stalin Peace Award On spending time in prison One Man's Heritage
Only Honorable Thing a Communist... Open Letter to American People Ordeal of Boris Pasternak
Our Unsingable Anthem Peekskill People Always
Peoples Artists Makes Record Petty Villainy [The Current Scene] Pfc. La Houd...
Philadelphia Story Pre-publication letter "Spartacus" Proud to Be Black
Public discourse on NPR and PBS Quiet Man Rage Against the Night
Railroad Men Realism and the Soviet Novel Red-Baiters, Incorporated
Reply to Critics Reveille for Writers Review of 'Mutiny in January'
Review of 'The Cross and the Arrow' review of Van Wyck Brooks... Review of"Memoirs"
Save the Rosenbergs! Scotland for Outsiders Sid Marcus... Peekskill Victim
Something About My Life Briefly Soviet Union Stamp of Washington
statement on Patriotism That Men May Live They Remember Girdler
They're Marching Up Freedom Road This is the record... Three Battles and a Man
Tides of Tomorrow Time of Thanksgiving To use expensive toys
Together With Our Soviet Allies Tomorrow Will Be Ours Toward People's Standards...
Town Turning Point Under Forty
Valley of the Shadow Vcherashnie kommmunisty... Veterans of Two Wars
Waterfront Morning Way for a Nation We could use a 'Populist' ...
We Have Kept Faith We Will Never Retreat We Will Never Retreat
What Are We Doing? What I Believe What's New... Or Else!
Who Was Tom Paine? Why I Write About Judge Medina Why Spain Never Died
Why the Fifth Amendment? Will Authors Guild Let Gallico... Winds of Fear
Without Honor, Without Civilization: Fascism Working Class Materials Challenge World of Langley Collyer
Writer and the Commissar Years of Battle

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1942. The Town. photographs by Arthur Siegel. in: Woman's Day, p.8, Nov'42. [the effects of war on a typical small American community (Mt. Carmel IL)]. (2,024 words). *

Just an American town. Howard Fast, who wrote "The Town" (pages 8-9), is the author of "The Unvanquished." It is a study of the Revolutionary War and is perhaps one of the most moving portrayals of the American people we have ever seen. It was because of the warmth of understanding we felt that we asked Mr. Fast to write about an American town at war. Not an outstanding town, not a town bound, by its locality or its industry, to know the war; just a town which is one of the vertebrae in the backbone of our country. It gave us a feeling of new confidence to read what he found, the intangible in the war effort which is the measure of its success...

1943 (?). Review of Carl Van Doren's 'Mutiny in January'. in: NY Herald Tribune, Book Week, '43 (?). [front-page review, Fast's view of the war, basis for Proud and the Free].

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1943. A Quiet Man. painting of George Washington by Bobri. in: Woman's Day, February, 1943 p 16. (2,419 words). *

HE was a very lonely man, and he learned early in life that it would not be easy for him; as a boy, he was too big, as a young man, he had already taken to the habit of silence. He grew quickly and inconsiderately, and when he was sixteen he already stooped to hide his very considerable size. There was nothing he could do to hide his huge hands and feet.
He took to the habit of silence, because it seemed to him that nothing he said was particularly clever, and when he fell in love with a girl, his conviction that she did not love him kept him from pushing the matter any further. The girl he loved married his best friend, and he was not the sort of person who could easily switch his affections from one woman to another. So he went on, year after year, loving a woman who was the wife of a man he respected a great deal. The woman, who knew of his love, wondered all her life why he had kept it so deep inside of him...

1943. Review of Leo W. Schwarz (ed.) "Memoirs of My People". in: Saturday Review, Feb. 20, 1943.

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1943. Everybody Works. illustrations by Roy Pinney and Frederick Lewis. in: Woman's Day, p.16-, Nov'43. [What is the WAR Doing to Us?]. (3,622 words). *

THIS town sits in a valley, ringed with green hills, and the houses crowd the narrow streets. Inside, it's a mill town, like so many other New England mill towns - and ten yards past its streets the country is as green and undisturbed as it was centuries ago.
Northern, Massachusetts; population about twenty-three thousand. They tell you its air is cleaner than that of most mill towns because it sits in the hills, a good height above sea level. They tell you too that the population has not increased any with the war, as is the case with the big defense centers in Connecticut and Rhode Island. This mill town isn't unique in that; a thousand other towns in America were left alone by the war in a population sense, so that the changes which came, came from within them...

1943. Labor in the First American Revolution. in: Ammunition (UAW-CIO) 1:8(8) Nov'43.

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1943. The People Always. in: New Masses, p.21-23, Nov 16'43. [text of talk given at meeting of Anglo-American Soviet Coalition]. (1,353 words). *

This war can be won on the battlefield, yet lost here in America; but if we win here in America, this war cannot be lost on the battlefield. I know as well as anybody how hard it is to fight outside of a uniform. There's little reward and no glory--yet I know that the fight here at home is as important as, and in a sense more important than the campaigns in Italy and the southern Pacific.
The very nature of this war, a people's war, makes that a truism. This is not the first people's war America has fought. The American Revolution was a people's war, and the Civil War was too; and in both those wars, as I propose to show you, decisive actions were fought on the home front as well as on the battlefield. And in some cases, a battle was decided many miles from the sound of the guns...

1944. Free Speech for Fascists? in: New Masses, p.18, Jan 11'44. (318 words).

1944. History in Fiction. in: New Masses, p.7-9, Jan 18'44. (877 words).

1944. Under Forty. in: Contemporary Jewish Record, 7(25-27) Feb'44.

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1944. Konstantin Simonov's Short Stories. in: Soviet Russia Today, March 1944, p.31. (493 words).

THERE is a tale in this book of a group of scouts who make a night foray behind the German lines. The time is winter, the scene somewhere near the Barents Sea. A patrol craft carries these scouts across a bay, and because of the awful cold, it is necessary that they should not get wet in the landing. So one by one they are carried ashore by the sailors, hard, desperate fighters cradled in strong arms like children. And by a word or two, Simonov indicates the deep love that these men bear for each other.

That is the keynote of this book, the brotherhood and single purpose of a whole people...

1944. Tomorrow Will Be Ours. dialog, bibl. note, por. in: Senior Scholastic, 44(13-14) May 8'44.

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1944. A Method for Tolerance. in: Harper's Bazaar 2791(31) Jul'44. [teaching tolerance and racial self-respect]. (1,764 words). *

The teacher in the third grade class asked Ellen Donato to repeat her name -- then to spell it. The little girl did so. The teacher asked her, "It's Italian, isn't it?" The girl shook her head uncertainly; her paternal great-grandfather had come from Italy, but her parents had never given her to understand that she was anything other than an American. After school, that day, a half dozen of her playmates called her a wop. She arrived home in tears...


1944. The Glorious Fourth. in: Spotlight 2:7(9) Jul'44.

1944. The Importance of Registration. in: The Independent, p.2, Sep 21'44. [urging patriotic action and feeling].

1944. Arts and Sciences' Sponsor Meeting: 20,000 Attend. in: The Independent, p.1, Sep 28'44. [glowingly describes massive turnout at FDR reelection rally at Madison Square Garden].

1944. It's All in the Record. in: The Independent, p.3, Oct 13'44.

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1944. The Time of Thanksgiving. in: Mademoiselle, Nov'44, p.103-. [comparison with the RD condensed version]. (1,639 words).

It is not difficult to live with a woman a lifetime and not know her; it is very easy to live with a nation a lifetime in the same state of ignorance. I'm sometimes amused by people who know America so well, who are so ready to answer any fact, any detail, any shade of opinion in this vast and many-sided country of a hundred and forty million people and many million square miles...


1944. This is the record... This is the work! in: Reader's Scope, pp 25-26, November 1944. 18.5 cm, (685 words). *

IT is time that we looked at the record calmly, with restraint yet with pride; for the record tells the truth, and God knows we have reason enough for pride. The record will stand, and for centuries to come men of good will, looking back at that record, will say:
"Thus did America. When humanity called, America answered."
The record concerns the accomplishments of fifty-five million American men and women who worked with their hands and their heads in the factories, the shipyards, the mines, the offices and on the farms of America...

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1944. Together With Our Soviet Allies. in: Soviet Russia Today, November 1944, p.7. (768 words). *

THERE is no formal way of tribute to the Soviet Union. As simply as it may be said, we live and eat and drink and go about our work because there is a Red Army.
There was a time – and not so long ago – when all things seemed to pause, when the unfolding pattern of history paused and only darkness lay ahead. All that had been before, all the bitter and tragic struggles of man out of the slime and toward the light, all of that was apparently for no end. All of that was finished. All that we called civilization, the beauty we had made, the structures of stone and steel, the factories that made life easier and better, the hooks, the paintings, the dreams too, the philosophies we had sought so gropingly and fashioned into paths out of ignorance, the goodness of God that we had found for ourselves, the homes we had made and the futures we had planned - all of that was as nothing and doomed. A malignant and embodied evil, an essence of evil so vile that it defied our comprehension, had arisen; and that evil, which calls itself fascism, was triumphant...

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1944. Geisz, Henry. Veterans of Two Wars. as told to Howard Fast. in: We, the People's Picture Magazine, p 14-15, Vol. 1, No. 1, Nov. 1944. 32 pp, 34 cm, A Martin Tumin. New York. *

THE closer this war gets to a finish, the easier it is to see what is being cooked up by the various political groups in this country as a means of handling the post-war problems we are all fac-ing. I am not a news commentator or a profes-sor, but I can see the trends as well as any of them. I know what happened after the last war in this country, what happened between wars, and I don't want to see it happen again. I speak as a veteran of World War I, a past commander of a Legion post, and an electrician by trade, a man who has carried an A.F. of L. union card ever since I was seventeen years old. I know from my own experiences when the politicians are handing out pap and when they are on the level...

1945. The New American Scholar. in: The Christian Register 124:2(55) Feb'45. [the scholar should observe his social duties and direct his research accordingly].

1945. Culture and the Future. in: New Masses 54:6(11) Feb 6'45. [text of speech given on receiving New Masses cultural award]. (469 words).

1945. Lincoln Is America. in: New Masses 54:7(10) Feb 13'45. [Lincoln's Birthday: Lincoln is the favorite American hero, the model of the American people]. (862 words). *

It is something to remember--and to be proud of--that we have never had, for a national hero, a bad man; and if you look at them, reaching back through our history, Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, Jackson, even Black Daniel, and Abe Lincoln, Wilson and a hundred more, you can be reassured about the instinct of our people in choosing men to serve them. And if you were to pick from the group one whom the people loved more than any other, it would easily and naturally be Abe Lincoln, for reasons you know as well as I...

1945. It Isn't Easy... in: This Week Magazine (NY Herald Tribune) Sec. VII, p.2, Feb 18'45. [urging patriotic action and feeling].

1945. Who Was Tom Paine? in: New Masses 54:9(23) Feb 27'45. [abridged version of introduction to The Selected Work of Tom Paine] [comparison of Introduction and abridged version]. (1,858 words).

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1945. Proud to Be Black. in: Negro Digest 3:5(5) Mar'45. (407 words).

If I were a Negro, I would be proud; yes, I would be so damned proud!
I would be proud because my people created civilizations when Europe was a forest; I would be proud because my people — and my people alone in all human history — made a single step from slavery to democracy; in Haiti, that was.
I would be proud because if forebearance and tolerance are qualities of civilization, than my people can be called one of the most civilized on earth.

1945. That Men May Live. in: This Week Magazine (NY Herald Tribune) Sec.VII, p.2, Apr 8'45.

1945. Not With Tears. in: PM (Sunday), p.8, Apr 15'45.

1945. Review of Albert Maltz 'The Cross and the Arrow'. in: The Democrat, Apr 21'45.

1945. The Making of a Democrat. in: New Masses 55:4(8) Apr 24'45. [FDR: a eulogy]. (991 words).

1945. Background to 'Freedom Road'. in: Ammunition (UAW-CIO) 3:5(8) May'45.

1945. Without Honor, Without Civilization: Fascism. in: PM (Sunday), p.2, May 13'45.

1945. The Negro Finds His History. in: New Masses 55:7(17) May 15'45. [the history of the Negro in America is rich and needs to be publicized]. (1,326 words). *

1945. Commencement Means Beginning. in: Coronet, p. 26, June '45. (459 words).

This is the beginning of something, and along with pride there's a curious, unresolved fear. As a matter of fact, it's the first fear of just this sort; because until now he was a moppet, a little squirt, a freckled kid who banged loose and aimlessly, like one of those hard rubber balls attached to a string; and no matter what he did, whether to go down Main Street on his hands, or bait Mrs. Lammy's goat, or get himself burned from head to foot with poison ivy, or fight three times a day, or get the mumps, the strong string was always there, ready to rescue him, ready to pull him home to safety and security...

1945. [George Washington]. (text under plate of Szyk's painting of Washington). in: "Three Battles and a Man", illus. by Arthur Szyk, Coronet, July '45. (86 words). *

1945. Ferry to Freedom. in: "Three Battles and a Man", illus. by Arthur Szyk, Coronet, July '45. (442 words). *

1945. The Hill That Bled. in: "Three Battles and a Man", illus. by Arthur Szyk, Coronet, p.103-110, July '45. (432 words). *

1945. Three Battles and a Man. illustrations by Arthur Szyk. in: Coronet, July '45. (contains: The Hill that Bled, Ferry to Freedom, Valley of the Shadow, [George Washington]).

It's not uncommon for a painter to dwell artistically on the ideals and heroes of his homeland, but when a Pole in Paris sets to work on his own to do a set of miniatures as a tribute to the memory of George Washington and the early days of American history, you have perhaps some idea of the powerful influence of the men and deeds of the American Revolutionary War...

1945. Valley of the Shadow. in: "Three Battles and a Man", illus. by Arthur Szyk, Coronet, July '45. (446 words). *

1945. Why Spain Never Died. in: New Masses 55:13(9) Sep 25'45. [vignettes of anti-fascism]. (1,021 words).

1945. Courage Is a Quiet Thing. in: Coronet, p.20-23, December '45. (1,618 words). *

I told a story to some of the men stationed near Sharjah, in Saudi Arabia. It concerned a questionnaire a New York newspaper ran asking girls who had volunteered for overseas service where they wanted to go and why. One girl answered that she would like to be sent to Saudi Arabia because she was certain it was the most romantic place on earth...

1945. Realism and the Soviet Novel. in: New Masses 57:11(16) Dec 11'45. [the Soviet writer views the world through the realistic logic of dialectic materialism]. (2,910 words).

1946. Reveille for Writers. in: New Masses 59:4(3) Apr 23'46. [what is the responsibility of the writer today?]. (1,111 words). *

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1946. A Day of War. in: American Scholar 15 no 1(65-68) Jan'46 (Winter'45-'46). (505 words). *

DECEMBER 21, 1778 was a day of war, one day out of the several thousand days during which America fought for her independence. Nothing of great import happened: no major battles were fought, no great decisions rendered. For Mr. Draper and Mr. Folsom, who published The Independent Ledger and the American Advertiser, at the corner of Winter Street in Boston, it was another routine day, and as such, it lost itself in the maw of history.

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1946. Fighter for Truth. A tribute to the Very Reverend Hewlett Johnson.... in: Soviet Russia Today, January 1946 p.7. (844 words). *

A tribute to the Very Reverend Hewlett Johnson, the Dean of Canterbury and a friend of mankind.

"Man's dearest possession is life and it is given to him to live but once. He must live so as to feel no torturing regrets for years without purpose; so live as not to be seared by the shame of a cowardly and trivial past; so live that dying he can say 'all my life and all my strength were given to the finest cause in all the world - the fight for the liberation of mankind.'" Lenin

THIS statement, written by Lenin, says better than any words of mine could how I and how many other American writers feel about Hewlett Johnson, the Dean of Canterbury...

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1946. Pfc. La Houd; Symbol of America. in: Coronet, p. 128-131, January '46. (1,794 words). *

   For a long time to come, Pfc. La Houd and civilization will be inextricably linked in my mind; from here on the two are one, and the misery of famine-stricken Indian villages, the memory of men and women dying and starving, will be softened somewhat by the picture of Pfc. La Houd, benign and knowledgeable, in bathrobe and slippers, pacing before the mail car. It came about this way:
   I was in Delhi, India, back in those distant days when the end of the war still seemed years away, and I was told that I would have to take the train to Calcutta. I could not fly. This was not as simple as it seems, nor is a forty hour ride on the East Indian Railway a matter-of-fact journey...

1946. What's New... Or Else! in: Mademoiselle, p.119, Jan'46.

1946. [invitation to A Dinner Honoring Negro and White Americans...]. (at the Hotel Commodore, Jan. 14, 1946). in: New Masses 58:2, Jan 8'46, rear cover. *

1946. It's Not the Jungle Anymore. in: New Masses 58:6 Feb 5'46. [on the United Packinghouse Workers (meat-packing industry) strike]. (1,499 words).

1946. Art and Politics. in: New Masses 58:9(6-8) Feb 26'46. [against Maltz's "What Shall We Ask of Writers" position that art and politics are separate]. (2,455 words). * [Seidman F39, (and see: Aaron 1961)]

1946. Four Brothers and You. in: New Masses 59:1(6-7) Apr 2'46. [racist killing by NYC policeman an example of the threat of American fascism]. *

1946. I Saw It Happen. in: New Masses 59:2(6-7) Apr 9'46. [why Gromyko walked out on UNO Security Council hearings on Iran at Hunter College.]. (1,940 words).

1946. Toward People's Standards in Art. in: New Masses 59:6(16-18) May 7'46. [paper read at "Art is a Weapon" symposium, NYC 4/18: standards in art are class/economics based]. (3,034 words). [Seidman F40]

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1946. How the Liberty Bell Came to America. in: Coronet, p. 123-25, July 1946. (1,055 words). *

IT WAS NO ACCIDENT that old Isaac Norris, Speaker of the Assembly in Philadelphia, chose the quotation he did. The Assembly had appropriated money for the State House. Often, when this dignified and elective body adjourned, the members would stroll over to that half-finished building which later came to be called Independence Hall, and stand there watching the carpenters and the bricklayers. Old Isaac would say:
"There is a building coming out of the sweat and toil of free men."...

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1946. The Way for a Nation. in: Seventeen, p.55, Jul'46.

What is our Bill of Rights? A few afterthoughts tacked onto the Constitution? No, it is a charter of freedom demanded by the people, a blueprint to show all people how to protect liberty

In a letter to a friend of his, a veteran soldier of our Revolution said about the new Constitution:

"It tells me a nation of things about Government, but no place inside of it is there a good reason why I fought in a war and took me a wound in the arm. The Arm is no good for ploughing or otherwise, but I sit with a fine document that fine Men have drafted."

1946. Anniversary. in: New Masses 60:2(3) Jul 9'46. [the early days of the American Revolution glimpsed through a farmer's journal entries of 1775]. (1,313 words). *

1946. Working Class Materials Challenge Creative Artists. in: Daily Worker, Sep 2'46. [Labor Day: what is a writer to write about?]. (805 words).

1946. Dreiser's Short Stories. in: New Masses 60:10(11) Sep 3'46. [A slightly shorter, somewhat edited version of this article appears as Fast's introduction to The Best Short Stories of Theodore Dreiser]. (1,883 words). * [Seidman F41, (and see: Griffin 1987)]

1946. They're Marching Up Freedom Road. in: New Masses 61:6(20) Nov 5'46. [Southern Youth Legislature meets in Columbia, South Carolina]. (1,473 words).

1946. [Fundraising Letter UOPWA, Nov. 27, 1946]. [1] pp, 21.5 x 14 cm, (United Office and Professional Workers of America, 1939-1952). (216 words). New York. *

1947. American Literature and the Democratic Tradition. in: College English 8(279-284) Mar'47. [the strength of American Literature lies in its commitment to democratic ideals].

1947. No One to Weep. in: New Masses 62:10(12) Mar 4'47. [to the memory of Greek anti-fascist guerillas]. (865 words).

1947. No Man Can Be Silent. in: New Masses 62:13(12) Mar 25'47. [Americans must speak out for what they believe in]. (875 words).

1947. The World of Langley Collyer. in: New Masses 63:4(6) Apr 22'47. [what America's obsession with the death of the recluse shows about America]. (952 words).

1947. Memorial Day Massacre. in: New Masses 63:10(6) Jun 3'47. [part 1 of the story of the Republic Steel Memorial Day Massacre of 1937]. (2,454 words).


1947. The Broadaxe of Sinclair Lewis. in: New Masses 63:11(23) Jun 10'47. [review of Sinclair Lewis' "Kingsblood Royal"]. (1,248 words). *

1947. They Remember Girdler. in: New Masses 63:11(18) Jun 10'47. [part 2 of the story of the Republic Steel Memorial Day Massacre of 1937]. (2,480 words). *


1947. One Man's Heritage. in: New Masses 65:1(6-7) Sep 30'47. [the American heritage may include both Thomas Jefferson and Benedict Arnold...]. (1,136 words). *

1947. [letter to Angus Cameron of Little, Brown & Company]. November 20, 1947. [1] pp, 28 x 21.5 cm, typescript, (confirmation of change from Duell, Sloan & Pearce to Little, Brown). (406 words). New York. *

1948-1956. I Write As I Please. weekly newspaper column, August 1948 - June 13, 1956. The Daily Worker (& Seattle New World, Chicago Star, San Francisco People's World).

1948. Can Liberalism Survive the Present War Hysteria? in: Daily Worker, p.7, Apr. 16'48. [ad for upcoming speech, Apr. 18, 1948].

1948. Red-Baiters, Incorporated--An Exchange of Letters. in: Jewish Life 2:7(13-14) May'48.

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1948. Hero's Diary. in: Masses & Mainstream, p.75, Jun.'48. [review of "Notes From the Gallows" by Julius Fuchik]. (788 words). *

JULIUS FUCHIK was a Czech, a professional journalist and a poet. In the time before he died, slain by the Nazis for the sin of loving his native land, he wrote down what he saw and thought. So it was that, working at his precious and beloved craft to the very end, he left us an invaluable document and record of what those taken by the Gestapo saw and suffered...

1948. From the Maccabbees to the Haganah. in: Daily Worker, p.7, Jun. 11'48. [ad for upcoming speech, Jun. 13, 1948].

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1948. An Open Letter to the American People. in: Masses & Mainstream, inside covers, Jul.'48. [on the refusal of the Supreme Court to hear the appeal of the JARC]. (552 words). *

In a sense, it is presumptuous of me to attempt to speak to all the millions of good people who inhabit this land. For many months now, almost all of our newspapers have been closed to me; the magazines too, and the radio as well. To slander a man; then to permit him no answer, no defense; there is the simple rule of "free press" in today's America.
Yet I would be remiss indeed if I did not raise my voice concerning the refusal, yesterday, of the United States Supreme Court to hear the appeal of the board of the Joint Anti-fascist Refugee Committee. This is not a time for silence and forebearance...


1948. Philadelphia Story. in: Uncensored 2(1) Aug'48.

1948. Fascism and the Novel. in: Daily Worker, p.7, Aug. 20'48. [ad for upcoming speech, Aug. 22, 1948].

1948. Howard Fast on Review of 'My Glorious Brothers'. in: Daily Worker, p.12, Oct.26'48. (841 words).

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1948. The Railroad Men. in: Masses & Mainstream 1:9(81-84) Nov'48. [review of 'Great Midland' by Alexander Saxton]. (1,254 words). *

WITH the publication of Great Midland, Alexander Saxton emerges as one of the foremost American writers of our time. His new book has a monumental quality, a literary grandeur, that in my opinion marks it as the finest and most important novel done by any American writer in the past several years. Here, for the first time in a certain area, is maturity – a maturity compounded out of action and understanding. On this question, I will go into more detail later...

1949 (Feb). The Judge -- A Portrait. (A Day at Foley Square with Howard Fast). in: Daily Worker, Feb 1'49. (831 words).

1949 (Feb). Will Authors Guild Let Gallico Speak for It? in: Daily Worker, Feb 25'49. (791 words).

1949. Medina Suddenly Turns Sweet Before Jury Panel. in: Daily Worker, Mar 11'49. (862 words).

1949. Cultural Forces Rally Against the Warmakers. in: Political Affairs 28(29-38) May'49. [a report on the Cultural and Scientific Conference for World Peace, NYC, March, 1949]. [Seidman F46]

1949. Howard Fast Revisits Foley Sq. in: Daily Worker, May 30'49. (808 words).

1949. Why I Write So Much About Judge Medina. in: Daily Worker, Jun 27'49. (879 words).

1949. Howard Fast's Eyewitness Account of Fascist Mob's Attack. in: Daily Worker, Aug 30'49. (1,534 words).

1949. Howard Fast's Peekskill Affidavit. in: Daily Worker, Sep.13'49. (564 words).

Benjamin J. Davis
1949. Peekskill. in: Masses & Mainstream 2:10(3) Oct'49. (1,503 words). *

GERMANY AWAKE! That was in back of our minds, deep back, somewhere in the memories overlaid by almost twenty years, with one great war and many small wars in between, with Hitler mouldering in the earth, and Mussolini remembered as something strung up by the heels, like a stuck pig. But when we drove through Peekskill, at half past seven, on the morning of September 4th, we saw the banner slung from housetop to housetop; the dead filth was alive again. "Wake Up America!" it said. "Peekskill Did!" That way the day began which none of us will forget very quickly...

1949. We Will Never Retreat. in: New Masses, p.14 Nov'49.

1949. Wallace, Henry & Howard Fast. We Will Never Retreat. in: Jewish Life, 3rd Anniversary Issue, Nov'49. New York.

1950. Living in a House of Cards. in: A Popular Author on Reviewers, Publishers and Reading Habits by Jack Woodford, along with numerous articles on the passing show by Howard Fast, Freda Cook, et al., E. Haldeman Julius, 48pp, #B-883, Girard, Kansas.1950, p.7-8.

1950. Sid Marcus... Peekskill Victim. in: New York Fur Worker 5:1(8-9) Jan 30'50.

1950. The American People Don't Want War. in: New Times 10(7) Mar 8'50.

Eugene Dennis
1950. The Big Finger. in: Masses & Mainstream p.62-68, May'50. (2,570 words). *

THE mills of the gods, in the course of their ironic and thorough grinding, came finally to Mrs. Esther Caulkin Brunauer, who was second to none in her sublime hatred of Communists. Mrs. Brunauer, an official of the State Department, must have felt reasonably secure in the new grace attained by heartfelt and articulate Red-baiting. Thereby, in today's America, does one enter those orthodox Gardens of Eden which have been landscaped, furbished and marked off for all the faithful by the Truman-Acheson-J. Edgar Hoover combine for the destiny-of-mankind. And therein, Mrs. Brunauer, bulwarked by her prejudice against Communists and anyone who did anything with Communists, must have planned to spend her remaining years in healthy comfort, sunning herself in the beneficent glow of the brave men who rule America...

1950. Howard Fast: On Going To Prison. in: Daily Worker, Jun 5'50. (543 words).

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1950. We Have Kept Faith. in: Masses & Mainstream 3(23-28) Jul'50. (2,431 words). * [Seidman F48]

NOW that the Board of Directors of the Joint Anti-fascist Refugee Committee have finally been committed to prison, it becomes most pertinent to review the events of the past four years which have led to this mass jailing. Not only have these facts a peculiar historical meaning for the times in which we live, but it is urgently necessary to state and restate the truth. For the monopoly press of America is wholly devoted to obscuring the truth, a devotion matched only by its vicious and unprincipled propaganda for war. Nor are these two matters unconnected, as you will see. ...

1950. [On spending time in prison]. in: The Sunday Worker, p.4, Oct 29'50.


George Bernard Shaw
1950. Reply to Critics. in: Masses & Mainstream p.53, Dec'50. (on criticism of the historical accuracy of The Proud and the Free). (4,762 words). *

When a reviewer presumes to charge me – as Mr. Sterling North did in the New York World Telegram and Sun – with treasonable distortion of fact, I think he and all of his fraternity deserve to be answered. The question of who falsifies history is an important one, for this is an era of many historical novels, few of them good, and very few indeed which have more than a nodding acquaintance with fact. A tolerant attitude is adopted toward most historical novels – an attitude so tolerant, indeed, that the charge of historical manipulation comes as something of a shock; and the singular quality of it makes one wonder whether those who charge falsification are not far more disturbed by certain elements of truth...

1951. [card accompanying first "Spartacus" editions]. [7.5 cm x 12.5 cm]. *

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1951 (nd). [Pre-publication letter advertising "Spartacus"]. [1] pp, 25 cm, typescript (printed), [accompanying Angus Cameron's Reader's Report and letter to Fast]. *

1951 [nd]. A Turning Point. in: The American Threat to British Culture, pp 55-56. 56 pp, 21.5 cm, Arena Publications. London. *

The American Threat to British CultureSam Aaronovitch
Our Historical TraditionDiana Sinnot
William Morris and the Moral Issues To-DayE.P. Thompson
The Trade UnionsWal Hannington
ScienceJ.L. Fyfe
AgricultureA Jordan
LiteratureMontagu Slater
PublishingJack Lindsay
The NewspapersRose Grant
Children's ReadingPeter Mauger
FilmsRalph Bond
I Take My StandW.E.B. Du Bois
A Turning PointHoward Fast

1951 (nd). Bulwark of Peace. in: We Pledge Peace: A Friendship Book. 100 pp, 21.3 x 28 cm, [one of 300 statements encouraging peaceful coexistence] (p.43). (112 words). The Friendship Book. San Francisco. *

My own feeling about the Soviet Union is of less importance than the feelings of millions of Americans. Therefore I say what I feel in the hope that it will convince some of our people that the Soviet Union is a mightly bulwark of peace, and for the advancement of all mankind...

1951. Peoples Artists Makes Record. in: Sing Out! Vol. 1, No. 10, March 1951. People's Artists Inc., 106 E. 14th St., NYC.

Hootenanny Records' new release of "Song of My Hands" and "Spring Song," is a record anyone should be proud to have. But beyond that, it means a great deal to me because here for the first time we have The Song of My Hands on a record...

William Foster
1951. Greetings to Foster. in: Masses & Mainstream p.31, Mar'51. (470 words). *

WHAT do you say about Bill Foster? Years ago, I lunched with Jacob Potofsky – he was not yet head of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America – and he asked me whether I wouldn't write a book about Sidney Hillman.
"If I wrote a book about a labor leader in America," I answered, "it wouldn't be Hillman."
"No," Potofsky agreed. "I suppose it would be Foster."
Not in deference to me or what I thought of Foster; but in simple acknowledgment of the fact that Foster was a giant, and that there was no other man in the labor movement who measured up to the great size of him. Even Potofsky recognized and paid tribute to the fact of William Z. Foster...

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1951. On Oliver Twist. in: Masses & Mainstream p.20, Sep'51. (271 words). *

MANY things have already been said about the British motion picture, Oliver Twist. They require less of restatement than summation. That the picture is a callous and deliberate attack upon the Jewish people is no longer doubted; sufficient people in New York have been beguiled into the Park Avenue Theatre and have sat there in unbelieving horror to make a word of mouth judgment a matter of fact. Nor is it a case of anti-Semitism in a film, if one conceives of such a thing; quite to the contrary, this is an anti-Semitic film. Its heart and substance are carved out of pathological and typically Hitlerian hatred of Jews.

It is a vile, nasty, and monstrously bad film - and I for one will have no part of the sickly "artistic" praise that is being showered upon it...

1951. Waterfront Morning. in: Masses & Mainstream p.43-45, Dec'51. (1,267 words). *
IT WAS just turning light, still with part of the sky gray-blue, as it often is so early in the morning, when I walked down Fourteenth St. toward the river. They had said they would meet me at six, at the corner of Eleventh Avenue, but I was a little early, and there was time for a cigarette on that cold, windy corner, watching the packinghouses load meat and counting the prowl cars. They came by almost one every thirty seconds. The two longshoremen drove a battered Buick. They drove alertly, their eyes watching and counting and estimating, as if they were in a battle zone. A moment after they had picked me up, they were rolling uptown under the express highway. They had been up all night, and there was a stubble of beard on their faces and circles under their eyes...

IT WAS just turning light, still with part of the sky gray-blue, as it often is so early in the morning, when I walked down Fourteenth St. toward the river. They had said they would meet me at six, at the corner of Eleventh Avenue, but I was a little early, and there was time for a cigarette on that cold, windy corner, watching the packinghouses load meat and counting the prowl cars. They came by almost one every thirty seconds. The two longshoremen drove a battered Buick. They drove alertly, their eyes watching and counting and estimating, as if they were in a battle zone. A moment after they had picked me up, they were rolling uptown under the express highway. They had been up all night, and there was a stubble of beard on their faces and circles under their eyes...

1951. [Betrayal story about Kurt Enoch, president of Signet Books]. in: Daily Worker, Dec 12'51.

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1952. The Man and the Books. in: Publisher on Trial: A Symposium. The Case of Alexander Trachtenberg. 48 pp, 18.5 cm, (a pamphlet of speeches given in support of Alexander Trachtenberg). Committee to Defend Alexander Trachtenberg. New York.

Since Alexander Trachtenberg now stands on trial under an indictment which interdicts those books which deal with Marxism-Leninism, it is fitting that a special and particular attention be given to his case. It is true that he is one of sixteen defendants, but he is also, and has been for over a quarter of a century, the publisher of Marxist-Leninist works in America. Thereby the indictment has a singularity as exercised toward him. Both the man and the books he has published are on trial...

1952. [Advertisement for Spartacus with background information on publication]. in: National Guardian, p.4, Jan 9'52.

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1952. Save the Rosenbergs! in: Masses & Mainstream, p. 48-50, Apr'52. (1,237 words). *

NO THOUGHTFUL American could have remained unmoved by the recent U.S. Appeals Court decision on the Rosenberg case. And I believe one could say, with equal assurance, no thoughtful American Jew could have repressed a feeling of horror and a surge of tragic memory. For this decision, unanimously upholding the death sentence pronounced on Julius and Ethel Rosenberg by Judge Irving Kaufman, was timed most strikingly with another decision - the decision to rearm Western Germany under Nazi generals. ..

1953. Something About My Life Briefly. in: Zeitschrift fur Anglistic und Amerikanshik 1(13) '53.

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1953. Years of Battle. in: Masses & Mainstream, pp 50-52, Mar '53. [on the 5th anniversary of Masses & Mainstream]. (952 words). *

WHILE it may be that anniversaries are traditionally and inescapably boring, they are necessary to note. They serve to some degree as a clock does, imparting a sense of time, and very often, a note of urgency. This particular fifth anniversary of a very particular and extraordinary magazine must be seen as a most unusual event, framed by most unusual circumstances. Masses and Mainstream was born in a very troubled time indeed; it drew its first breaths in the cold air of cold war; in its childhood it saw a climate of terror being prepared; its youth was within an existing condition of terror; and now its fine maturity of five years gives fruit, even as dozens of additional political prisoners enter the prisons of the Federal Government...

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1954. Why the Fifth Amendment? in: Masses & Mainstream 7:2(44-50) Feb'54. [on the history and meaning of the Fifth Amendment]. (2,942 words). *

RECENT statements by Attorney General Brownell, Senator McCarthy, and other enemies of civil rights indicate the beginning of a large drive to do away with the protection offered by the Fifth Amendment. Hence it becomes of the greatest importance not only to explain the use and the meaning of the Fifth Amendment currently, but to go into various questions concerning its historical origin and the reasons for its incorporation into the Constitution of the United States as a part of the Bill of Rights. Only through understanding the historical basis upon which the Fifth Amendment came into being, can one answer those who charge today that this amendment is a device used by the guilty to stave off punishment for their wrongdoing...

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1954. On Receiving the Stalin Peace Award. in: Masses & Mainstream 7:5(35-37) May'54. [text of Fast's acceptance speech for the 1953 prize, April 22, 1954]. (1,147 words). *

This is the text of Mr. Fast's speech accepting the Stalin Peace Prize for 1953, which was presented to him at a reception on April 22 at the Hotel McAlpin in New York. The presentation was made by Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, acting on behalf of the international jury which made the selection. As Dr. Du Bois stated, the jury wished to present the prize to Fast in person, but the U.S. State Department had refused the writer a visa. About 1,000 persons attended the presentation ceremony. Rev. William Howard Melish was chairman, and Paul Robeson, winner of the Stalin Peace Prize for 1952, took part in the proceedings...

1954. Jews and the Cry for Justice. in: Jewish Life, Nov.'54.

1955. The Literary Scene in America. in: Zeitschrift fur Anglistic und Amerikanshik 3(175-184) '55.

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1955. My Father. in: Masses & Mainstream, pp 38-41, Jan '55. (2,472 words). *

I WAS never surprised to find that my father had been something else in his time than I had ever dreamed of; I suppose the only thing he had never been was rich. He told me once that for two years or so, he had been gripperman on the cable cars - that is until they decided to do away with cable cars in New York entirely. It surprised me less that he had been a gripperman - something I had never heard of before - than that there had ever been cable cars in New York City; but he explained that there were in the old times, running south from Forty-Second Street, on Seventh Avenue, I believe...


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1955. A Dramatic Challenge. in: Masses & Mainstream, pp 55-59, June '55. [review of Steve Nelson's "The Thirteenth Juror"]. (1,957 words). *

I HAVE been told that it is difficult to read a book objectively when you know the author; and there is an old saying which asks, "How can he be a genius? I know him." Neither precisely to the case in point, for I know Steve Nelson well and cannot think of him as a genius, but only as a very great and brave man; and I read his new book, not objectively, but with a deeply subjective and highly personal involvement - read it from cover to cover almost in a sitting. And when I had finished it, I knew I had read one of those very rare and wonderful books - a book that changes you in the process of its reading, so that finished with it, I was something more than I had been when I opened it...

1955. [review of Van Wyck Brooks' John Sloan: A Painter's Life]. in: Masses & Mainstream, p.17, July 1955. [review of Van Wyck Brooks: John Sloan: A Painter's Life].

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1955. On Franz Weiskopf. in: Masses & Mainstream, p. 60, Nov '55. [on the death of Franz Weiskopf]. (224 words). *

Franz Weiskopf has passed away. As always with a good comrade, a dear friend, a man of personality and vitality, it is hard to believe, hard to comprehend - hard to understand that we will never embrace him again when gates have opened and the warmth of peace has spread over the whole world.

This, I know, I had always promised myself. Always, it was soon, Franz - soon we will meet again, sit down together, break bread, talk. Now that will not be....

1956. The Literary Scene in America. in: Zeitschrift fur Anglistic und Amerikanshik 4(64-72) '56.

1956. Incident at a University [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, Apr 3'56. [a literary test "confirms" that Fast is not a communist]. (1,044 words).

1956. Capital Punishment [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, Apr 5'56. [reaffirming Fast's total opposition to capital punishment]. (1,036 words).

1956. Ethics and Criticism [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, Apr 10'56. [why the right-wing press doesn't review left-wing works]. (1,013 words).

1956. An Eye For Detail [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, Apr 12, 1956. [on the hypocrisy of "middle class morality"]. (1,039 words).

1956. Justice and Death [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, Apr 16'56. [criticism of Soviet policy under Beria]. (1,040 words).

1956. Winds of Fear [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, Apr 19'56. [on the raid on the Daily Worker]. (1,051 words).

1956. The Intellectual [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, Apr 23'56. [on the relationship between the artist and society]. (1,322 words).

1956. Cosmopolitanism [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, Apr 26'56. [attacking the hypocrisy of the Soviet crime of "cosmopolitanism"]. (983 words).

1956. The Boss [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, Apr 30'56. [Robert Moses pushing through the Tavern on the Green parking lot as an example of bossism]. (1,037 words).

1956. The Lovable Atom [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, May 2'56. [Life Magazine's portrayal vs the reality of the Japanese feeling about H-bomb tests]. (950 words).

1956. What I Believe [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, May 7'56. ["It was the mighty force of socialism that destroyed Hitler..."]. (1,036 words).

1956. The Current Scene [criticizing the US and Soviet Union for denying citizens the right to free travel. in: Daily Worker, May 9'56.

1956. On Comparisons [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, May 10'56. [rejecting the Communist device of "Comparisons"]. (1,002 words).

1956. Freud and Science [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, May 14'56. [openly rejecting the Party's ban on psychoanalysis]. (1,123 words).

1956. The Soviet Union [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, May 17'56. ["the record of mistakes" and praise]. (1,063 words).

1956. Petty Villainy [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, May 21'56. [The republication of Fast's "Dreiser" with J. Farrell's introduction] (see also: Joseph Griffen, 1987). (1,003 words).

1956. The Tides of Tomorrow [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, May 24'56. [Why is the US government unable to comprehend what plain people think and how they will react?]. (1,041 words).

1956. The Disclaimer [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, May 28'56. [On disclaiming Communist association whenever undertaking any decent or humanistic act]. (1,086 words).

1956. The Madmen [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, May 31'56. [on the insanity of the nuclear arms race]. (1,056 words).

1956. The Need to Believe [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, June 4'56. [For ten years, we have been lied to, believed the lies...]. (1,052 words).

1956. Dialogue [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, June 7'56. [explaining the arrest of seven communists in Massachusetts...]. (939 words).

1956. Man's Hope [The Current Scene]. in: Daily Worker, June 12'56. [Fast's last DW column, reacting to the "secret" Khrushchev speech]. (1,247 words).

1956. A Letter from Howard Fast. in: Daily Worker, July 27'56, (headlined). [Reply to Eugene Lyons' Open Letter to Howard Fast]. (2,783 words). [Seidman F54]


1957. [letter to Mr. Marine about "The Naked God"]. [dated Teaneck, NJ, Nov. 27, 1957]. (92 words).

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1957. My Decision. in: Mainstream, p.29-38 (editor's comment 39-47), Mar'57. [on leaving the Communist Party] see responses: Comment by the Editors,More Comments on Howard Fast... (4,123 words). * [Seidman F56]

RECENTLY, I took the step of publicly severing my connections with the Communist Party of the United States; and in an interview with the New York Times, I presented some of the reasons for this decision of mine. Now I am asked by the editors of Mainstream to state my position more fully, and I have decided to do so in terms of communism and morality...


1957. The Writer and the Commissar. in: Prospectus 1:1(31) Nov'57. [includes about 70% of The Naked God, published a few weeks later].

1957. On Leaving the Communist Party. (excerpt from The Naked God). in: Saturday Review of Literature, 40(5-17) Nov 16'57. (4,432 words). *

THE "secret" Khrushchev speech, admitting and detailing to the Soviets' Twentieth Party Congress the terrors of Stalin's rule, was published in The New York Times on June 5, 1956.
The next day the staff of the Daily Worker met. We had all read the speech. The somber terror of it was in our eyes and on our faces, and now the discussion was whether or not to print it in the Worker. In the course of that discussion, something happened that will remain with me until I die. It could only have happened then, at that time, for the truth we saw was brutal, cold, and terrible beyond description...

1958. Djilas, Milovan, Howard Fast & Alfred Kantorowicz. Vcherashnie kommmunisty o kommunizme. (in Russian). 40 pp, 21 cm, Izd-vo Soiuz borby za osvobozhdenie narodov Rossii. Miunkhen.

1958. The Only Honorable Thing a Communist Can Do. in: Progressive 22(35-38) Mar'58. [transcript of Fast's tv interview with Martin Agronsky, shortly after his break with the CP]. [Seidman F57]

1958. A Matter of Validity; what it means to him to be a Jew. in: Midstream 4(7-17) Spring'58. (6,592 words).

Like others of my generation, I have spent a sufficient number of hours wondering what is a Jew. Entering our middle-forties, we are of a lot that becomes more Jewish with age; although I am not sure that this hasn't been a part of all other generations. Our understanding grappled with the Brown House of Berlin, when first it was reported here in America, and then fifteen years later, we saw the redemption of Israel on her own ancient soil. It was a progression complex enough to confuse thoughtful men and to compound superstitious tendencies of those less thoughtful...


1958. Classic Capitalism. in: Saturday Review, 41(39) Nov 1'58. [review of Earl Browder's "Marx and America"]. (760 words). *

EARL BROWDER is a remarkable man. In this time, when a stubborn consideration of facts is regarded as old-fashioned and often improper, he continues to revere the fact as the most important essential in the art of thinking. And in a land where almost any discussion of Communism and the Communist Party invokes passion and rage, he talks of both with intelligence and without anger and without passion...

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1958. The Meadows. in: Esquire 50:6(62) Dec'58. [There's a wilderness within sight of Manhattan]. (1,823 words). *

As the crow flies, there is a place exactly five miles from mid-town Manhattan where you can sprawl in a skiff and cut your sight in every direction with a scene as unchanged as time itself, and as old too; and then there is enough of the wild and the beginning to give you that particular feel of completeness that is marked by far-off and lonely places. You not only imagine that you are away; you are, and the wild hugs you. You can curse or scream or sing at the top of your lungs. No one would hear...

1959. Mind That Moved Three Nations. in: Saturday Review, 42(34) Aug 15'59. [review of Alfred Owen Aldridge's "Man of Reason: The Life of Thomas Paine"]. (760 words). *

THOMAS PAINE fell into no category; he was singular, a sort of minstrel of democratic revolution who stepped into history at the one moment of history that could receive him fully. He made his role and art, practiced it, and then bowed out. His contribution to history was inadequately judged because there was no yardstick against which to measure it. ..

1959. The Ordeal of Boris Pasternak. in: Midstream 5:1(38-44) Winter'59.

196? (nd). [letter to Paul R. Reynolds: On Mill Point Prison]. ([1] page, typescript). (432 words). Columbia University Archives.

1961. [letter to Mrs. Alexander about "Spartacus"]. [dated New York City, Mar. 10, 1961]. (138 words).

1962. Rage Against the Night. in: Saturday Review. review of Upton Sinclair's "The Autobiography of Upton Sinclair".

1963. The Meaning of 'Galut' in American Today. in: Midstream 11:1(12) Mar'63. (contribution to Symposium).

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1964. Scotland for Outsiders. in: Esquire, 61(69) Feb'64. (4,574 words). *

THE Highlands of Scotland are neither far nor mysterious, but simply a place that few people go to. Our own English friends head south for their holidays; as they put it, "It's dark up there, cold and somber." But it isn't dark or somber at all. Few of them, in fact, have been to the Scotland north and west of Edinburgh — that astonishing, breathtaking and most civilized wilderness called the Highlands.

The four of us, my wife, myself, my son Johnny, aged fifteen, and my daughter Rachel, aged nineteen, turned up at King's Cross Station in London, mid-July, with four bags and a banjo, and soon had the modest distinction of being almost the only Americans on the train...

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1966. Drive Your Own Locomotive. in: Esquire, 65:5(36) May'66. [Across America on the Twentieth Century and the Super Chief]. (4,371 words). *

The best things in life come too late, and what would have been high adventure to the small boy appears a little less than joyful to a bald and middle-aged man. When I was ten, I waved passionately and enviously each day at Locomotive No. 2 of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad—which was about a hundred miles of track in upstate New York, a family railroad as they were then called; not traveled by families in the meaning of the time but owned by a single family. It was a more innocent age—and in the absence of mainliners, hipsters and delinquents as such, we dreamed of being Indian fighters and locomotive engineers...

1966. Christianity and Anti-Semitism. in: Midstream 12:9(68-69) Nov'66.

1966. Negro-Jewish Relations in America: A Symposium. in: Midstream 12:10(17-18) Dec'66. (857 words).

THE PROBLEM of Negro anti-Semitism is neither simple, nor measurable. No one has ever done a scientific or even pseudo-scientific study of the state of anti-Semitism among the Negro People. The condition exists, but we can only speculate where and how much; and when it is articulated, it is shocking in terms of an ungainly horror. It is a strident, dreadfully wrong sound; and the response on the part of the Jewish listener is always a kind of sick confusion — a woeful protest that bolsters itself with logic, pleading that since the eighteen-twenties, here in America, the loudest and most consistently angry voice of protest against the Negro condition has been Jewish. (And here I do not for a moment forget any of the Abolitionist movements, but refer to a continued record of unceasing, unslackening protest during a century and a half.) Thus the knife not only cuts but twists and ravages in the wound...


1967. The Beauty and Mystery of Stonehenge. in: Saturday Review, 50(52-54) Feb 4'67. (2,454 words).

IT WAS a gray-silver day - which is something specifically English. It was neither raining nor sunny, but the sky was pearl and laced with sunshine one moment, sunless the next, and the rain came in short bursts like fine spray. On Salisbury Plain, the rain stopped, and a soft, cold wind blew. The plain offered an immensity that was an illusion, but an illusion never dispelled. In the distance, clouds piled up and here and there a thin black windbreak of trees or a clump of thicket - otherwise nothing. No dog or cat or man or car. It was the time of the day and the moment, yet here in the midst of the most populated area of one of the most heavily populated lands on earth was this great stretch of emptiness. ..

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1969. In Search of the Welsh. in: Esquire, 72(142) Dec'69. (4,462 words). *

A tire of the car we were driving went flat a few miles outside of Cardiff, and I wanted a lift back to the garage we had passed. The first car I signaled stopped, and the man who drove it was shocked that I should want a lift to the garage when he himself could change the tire in half an hour. I convinced him that I preferred to let the garage people do it, and reluctantly he drove me to the garage while my wife stayed with the car. At the garage, he apologized for leaving me — but his wife was in the hospital and he had to get on to her. The garage people then demonstrated that I had conveyed grace upon them by having a flat within their territory, so to speak, and a half hour later when the wheel had been changed and the tire fixed, they presented a bill for eight shillings ($1.14 at the time)...

1970. The Stamp of Washington. in: Our American Heritage. 222 pp, (short paragraph - one of many authors). Harper and Row.

1986. Citizen Howard Fast (audio). 1 sound cassette (33 min.): analog, 1 7/8 ips. Recorded January 1970. Pacifica Radio Archive. Los Angeles, CA.

1989-1992. [columns]. in: New York Observer, 1989-1992. (many republished in War and Peace: Observations on Our Times, 1993. New York.

1991. [statement on Patriotism]. in: The Nation, 125th anniv. issue, July 15-22, 1991 (patriotism cover).

1992. What Are We Doing? in: The Courier-Journal, Forum, p.13A, Aug.6,1992. (editorial). (754 words). Louisville, KY.

Perhaps because I am still wedded to a 40-year-old mechanical typewriter, I tend to react to stories about typewriter companies.
I can remember when you walked into a newsroom and saw the fine old Underwoods, the sturdy Smith Coronas and Remingtons standing row by row, ready to put the news and just about everything else into focus; before the glassy screens of the word-processors took over the world of writing.
And now I read that Smith Corona Corp., one of the last American companies in the business of manufacturing consumer typewriters, is closing shop and moving its factory to Mexico.

1992. Help U.S.? No, It Will Destroy Families. in: Atlanta Constitution, A, 15(4) Aug 19'92. (North American Free Trade Agreement would not benefit US workers).

1992. Free-trade future: the horror. (editorial). in: Providence Journal, Sept.11,1992. (767 words). Providence, R.I.

1992. Did Washington's Wisecrack Tip the Balance? in: Americana. Dec 1, 1992,v.20,n.5,p6. (Was a bawdy comment by General Washington, as he was about to cross the Delaware, one of those small but crucial turning points in history?). (1,359 words).

1992. Our Unsingable Anthem. in: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) D-3, Dec 6'92. (718 words).

1993-. [columns]. in: Greenwich Time, 1993-. Greenwich, CT.

1993. To use expensive toys. in: The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Sunday, January 3, 1993. (originally appeared in Greenwich Time).

1993. Inventing America: We're All in It Together. in: The Baltimore Sun, Editorial section, page 15A, Wednesday, January 13, 1993. (originally appeared in Greenwich Time).

1993. Kissinger and the Constitution. in: Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul), News section, page 25A, Monday, January 25, 1993. (originally published in Greenwich Time).

1993. Inglorious Tale from the Mexican War. in: Americana. Feb 1'93,v.20 n.6, p.6. (During the war between Mexico and the United States in the 1840's, a U.S. battalion of Irish immigrants changed sides. Why?). (1,594 words).

1993. Dark Moment: Will the Plan Work? Who Knows? in: The Phoenix Gazette, Editorial/Opinion section, page A13, Tuesday, February 23, 1993. (Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service).

1993. Civilization Drowns in a Flood of Gossip. in: San Jose Mercury News, Perspective section, page 1C, Sunday, July 11, 1993. (originally published in Greenwich Time).

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