Paul Le Blanc (historian)

Paul Le Blanc (born 1947) is an American historian at La Roche University in Pittsburgh as well as labor and socialist activist who has written or edited more than 30 books on topics such as Leon Trotsky and Rosa Luxemburg.[1][2]

Paul Le Blanc
Born
Paul Joseph Le Blanc

1947
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
OccupationHistorian
Home townHuntingdon, Pennsylvania
TitleProfessor of History
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Pittsburgh
Academic work
DisciplineModern History
Sub-disciplineMarxism, Leninism, Trotskyism
InstitutionsLa Roche University
Websitelaroche.edu

BackgroundEdit

 
View toward the from Clearfield, Pennsylvania, Le Blanc's childhood home

Paul Joseph Le Blanc was born in 1947 in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania and spent his childhood in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.[1] His parents Gaston Le Blanc and Shirley Harris were labor activists; he has two sisters.[3]

Le Blanc studied at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on history and receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971, a Master of Arts degree in 1980, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1989.[1]

CareerEdit

 
Leon Trotsky (here in cubist Yury Annenkov's 1922 portrait) is a lifelong subject of Le Blanc's

In 1965, Le Blanc joined the “New Left” group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).[4] In 1966, as a conscientious objector, he worked for the Quaker-based American Friends Service Committee in Pittsburgh and Baltimore. In the early 1970s, he served on the board of the Pittsburgh Peace and Freedom Center and the coordinating committee of the National Peace Action Coalition (1971-1974). He opposed the Vietnam war and supported anti-racist activity – most prominently as part of the Pittsburgh Black Construction Coalition of 1969 – pro-feminist activities, defense of Latin American political prisoners, and Central America solidarity work.[5]

In the 1990s, he became active in the Thomas Merton Center (Pittsburgh).[6] He has been a member of the Socialist Workers Party (USA), the Fourth Internationalist Tendency, Solidarity (United States), and the International Socialist Organization (until it terminated in 2019[7]). He was active in efforts to create a Labor Party.[citation needed] He is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America[8].

Since 2000, Le Blanc has supported the Green Party. He has opposed war and militarism, including US military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also collaborated closely with South African poet and global justice activist Dennis Brutus in building Pittsburgh participation in World Social Forums taking place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2003 and Mumbai, India, in 2004.[9]

In 2000, Le Blanc joined the faculty of La Roche College (renamed La Roche University in March 2019)[1] as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (2003-2009) and as a professor of history.[10]

He has lectured for the International Institute for Research and Education[11][12][13][14][15] and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation[16][17] and writes for the Center for Economic Research and Social Change's International Socialist Review.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Le Blanc married and had two sons.

Le Blanc is currently a member of:

He has been a member of:

InfluencesEdit

Le Blanc's influences include: David Montgomery, Philip S. Foner, Frank Lovell, Richard N. Hunt, Paul Sweezy, George Breitman, Ernest Mandel, and Michael Löwy.[citation needed]

WorksEdit

 
Rosa Luxemburg (here c. 1895-1905) is a lifelong subject of Le Blanc's

Magazines and journals to which he contributes include:

  • Dialectical Anthropology
  • Green Left Weekly[19]
  • International Socialism[20]
  • International Socialist Review[18]
  • International Viewpoint[21]
  • Russian Review
  • Jacobin[22]
  • Monthly Review[23]
  • New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory and Politics
  • Socialist Worker[24]
  • WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society

Publications include:

  • 1984:
    • Permanent Revolution in Nicaragua[25]
    • In Defense of Revolutionary Continuity[26]
  • 1988: "Reflections on the Fourth Internationalist Tendency"[27]
  • 1990: Lenin and the Revolutionary Party[2][28]
  • 1992: In Defense of American Trotskyism: Revolutionary Principles and Working-Class Democracy[29]
  • 1994: C.L.R. James and Revolutionary Marxism[30][31]
  • 1996:
    • Trotskyism in the United States: Historical Essays and Reconsiderations (with George Breitman and Alan M. Wald)
    • From Marx to Gramsci (edited with major introductory essay)
    • "Letter to the Editors" in Solidarity[32]
  • 1999:
    • A Short History of the U.S. Working Class[33]
    • Rosa Luxemburg: Reflections and Writings (edited with major introductory essay)
  • 2000:
    • Revolutionary Labor Socialist: The Life, Ideas and Comrades of Frank Lovell[34]
    • U.S. Labor in the Twentieth Century (edited with John Hinshaw)
    • The Working-Class Movement in America, by Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling (edited with introductory essay)
  • 2003: Black Liberation and the American Dream (edited with major introductory essay)
  • 2006: Marx, Lenin, and the Revolutionary Experience: Studies of Communism and Radicalism in the Age of Globalization[35]
  • 2008:
    • Lenin: Revolution, Democracy, Socialism: Selected Writings (edited with introductory essay)
    • "History on the Printed Page" in Solidarity[36]
    • "Reluctant Memoir, Part 2" in Solidarity[4]
    • "Does Lenin Still Matter?" in International Socialist Review[37]
  • 2009: International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest[38]
  • 2011:
    • Work and Struggle: Voices from U.S. Labor Radicalism (edited with introductory essays)
    • Socialism or Barbarism: Selected Writings of Rosa Luxemburg (co-ed. with Helen C. Scott)
    • "Lenin’s Marxism"[39]
  • 2012: Leon Trotsky: Writings From Exile (co-edited with Kunal Chattopadhyay)[2]
  • 2013: A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today (with Michael D. Yates)[2]
  • 2014:
    • Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine[40]
    • Leon Trotsky and the Organizational Principles of the Revolutionary Party (with Dianne Feeley and Thomas Twiss)
    • The "American Exceptionalism of Jay Lovestone and His Comrades, 1929-1940 (co-ed. with Tim Davenport)
  • 2014: "The Third American Revolution" in Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA([41]
  • 2015: Leon Trotsky[42][43]
  • 2016: The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume II: Economic Writings 2[44]
  • 2017:
    • Rosa Remix[45]
    • October Song: Bolshevik Triumph, Communist Tragedy, 1917-1924[46]
    • October 1917: Workers in Power[47]
    • Left Americana: The Radical Heart of US History[48]
    • "The ‘American Exceptionalism’ of Jay Lovestone and His Comrades, 1929-1940" in Dissident Marxism in the United States, Volume I[49]
  • 2018:
    • US Trotskyism 1928-1965, Part I: Emergence[50]
    • US Trotskyism 1928-1965, Part II: Endurance[51]
    • Revolutionary Studies: Essays in Plain Marxism[52]
  • 2019:
    • Living Flame: The Revolutionary Passion of Rosa Luxemburg[53]
    • US Trotskyism 1928-1965, Part III: Resurgence[54]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Paul Le Blanc, Ph.D." La Roche University. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Paul Le Blanc". Haymarket Books. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  3. ^ Blanc, Paul Le (2017-03-27). Left Americana. Haymarket Books. ISBN 9781608467525.
  4. ^ a b Le Blanc, Paul (July–August 2018). "Reluctant Memoir, Part 2". Solidarity. Retrieved 4 February 2019.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  5. ^ "Guide to the Paul LeBlanc Papers, 1967-1998 AIS.1974.17 | Historic Pittsburgh". historicpittsburgh.org. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  6. ^ "Socialist Viewpoint ... news and analysis for working people". www.socialistviewpoint.org. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  7. ^ Le Blanc, Paul. "United States Left: What happened to the International Socialist Organization". Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Books by DSA Authors" (PDF). Democratic Left. Democratic Socialists of America. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "The World Social Forum and Global Justice". Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  10. ^ See: https://laroche.edu/Templates/DirectoryDetailFaculty.aspx?id=3600 and "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (4 November 2017). "Bolshevism as a revolutionary collective". International Institute for Research and Education. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  12. ^ "November 4: October 1917: Emancipation and self-organization in the Russian Revolution". International Institute for Research and Education. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  13. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (30 March 2018). "The Left and social movements in Trump's USA". International Institute for Research and Education. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  14. ^ Le Blanc, Paul. "N° 27 Leninism in the United States and the Decline of the Socialist Workers Party" (PDF). International Institute for Research and Education. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  15. ^ Fred Leplat; Alex (eds.). "No.60 October 1917 – Workers in Power". International Institute for Research and Education. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  16. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (8 December 2012). "Paul Le Blanc: International conference in China on Lenin's thought". Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal's vision. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  17. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (2 January 2013). "China: Lenin's ideas, Marxism discussed at international conference in Wuhan". Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal's vision. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Paul Le Blanc". Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal's vision. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  19. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (13 August 2019). "Bernie Sanders, US politics & socialism today". Green Left Weekly. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  20. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (17 October 2019). "Pathways for building a revolutionary party". International Viewpoint (Fourth International). Retrieved 4 December 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  21. ^ "Paul Le Blanc". International Viewpoint (Fourth International). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Paul Le Blanc". Jacobin. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  23. ^ "Paul Le Blanc". Monthly Review. Monthly Review Foundation. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  24. ^ "Paul Le Blanc". Socialist Worker. International Socialist Organization. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  25. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (1984). Permanent Revolution in Nicaragua. Fourth Internationalist Tendency.
  26. ^ Paul Le Blanc; Dianne Feeley, eds. (1984). In Defense of Revolutionary Continuity. Socialist Action.
  27. ^ Sell, Evelyn; Bloom, Steve; Lovell, Frank; Le Blanc, Paul (February 1988). "Reflections on the Fourth Internationalist Tendency". The Transitional Program: Forging a Revolutionary Agenda for the United States. Fourth Internationalist Tendency (FIT). Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  28. ^ Le Blanc, Paul. Lenin and the Revolutionary Party. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  29. ^ Paul Le Blanc, ed. (1992). In Defense of American Trotskyism: Revolutionary Principles and Working-Class Democracy. Fourth Internationalist Tendency.
  30. ^ Paul Le Blanc; Scott McLemee, eds. (1994). C.L.R. James and Revolutionary Marxism: Selected Writings of C.L.R James, 1939–1949. Humanities Press. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  31. ^ Paul Le Blanc; Scott McLemee, eds. (2018). C.L.R. James and Revolutionary Marxism: Selected Writings of C.L.R James, 1939–1949. Haymarket Books. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  32. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (July–August 1996). "Letter to the Editors". Solidarity. Retrieved 4 February 2019.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  33. ^ Le Blanc, Paul. Paul Le Blanc. A Short History of the U.S. Working Class: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  34. ^ Paul Le Blanc; Thomas Barrett, eds. (2000). Revolutionary Labor Socialist: The Life, Ideas and Comrades of Frank Lovell. Smyrna Press. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  35. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (2006). Marx, Lenin, and the Revolutionary Experience: Studies of Communism and Radicalism in the Age of Globalization. Routledge. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  36. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (July–August 2018). "History on the Printed Page". Solidarity. Retrieved 4 February 2019.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  37. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (May–June 2008). "Does Lenin Still Matter?"". International Socialist Review. Retrieved 4 February 2019.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  38. ^ Immanuel Ness; Paul Le Blanc, eds. (13 April 2009). International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest. Wiley. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  39. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (2011). "Lenin's Marxism". International Institute for Research and Education. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  40. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (2014). Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine. Haymarket Books. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  41. ^ Frances Goldin; Debby Smith; Michael Steven Smith, eds. (2013). Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA. Perennial/HarperCollins. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  42. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (2015). Leon Trotsky. University of Chicago Press. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  43. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (16 March 2015). Leon Trotsky. Reaktion Books. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  44. ^ Paul Le Blanc; Peter Hudis, eds. (August 2016). The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume II: Economic Writings 2. Verso. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  45. ^ Paul Le Blanc, ed. (May 2017). The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume II: Economic Writings 2. Verso. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  46. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (2017). October Song: Bolshevik Triumph, Communist Tragedy, 1917-1924. Hay Market Books. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  47. ^ Paul Le Blanc; Ernest Mandel; David Mandel (2017). October 1917: Workers in Power. Merlin. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  48. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (2017). Left Americana: The Radical Heart of US History. Hay Market Books. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  49. ^ Tim Davenport, ed. (2015). Dissident Marxism in the United States, Volume I. Haymarket Books. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  50. ^ Paul Le Blanc; Bryan Palmer; Thomas Bias; Andrew Pollack (2018). US Trotskyism 1928-1965. Part I: Emergence: Left Opposition in the United States -Dissident Marxism in the United States. Brill. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  51. ^ Paul Le Blanc; Bryan Palmer; Thomas Bias; Andrew Pollack (2018). U.S. Trotskyism 1928-1965. Part II: Endurance: The Coming American Revolution. Brill. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  52. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (2018). Revolutionary Studies: Essays in Plain Marxism. Hay Market Books. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  53. ^ Le Blanc, Paul (2018). The Passion of Rose Luxemburg. Roam Agency. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  54. ^ Paul Le Blanc; Bryan Palmer; Thomas Bias; Andrew Pollack (26 November 2019). U.S. Trotskyism 1928-1965. Part III: Resurgence: Uneven and Combined Development. Haymarket. Retrieved 23 June 2019.

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