Sound recordings and transcriptions of interviews by Joan Smith of Harry McShane, Marxist activist... 2.23 "ILP 1920s + 1930s - Scottish National Question- CP organisation 1930s - Social Fascist campaign", [c1973]
2.23 "ILP 1920s + 1930s - Scottish National Question- CP organisation 1930s - Social Fascist campaign", [c1973]
Subjects include (transcript page numbers given in brackets): growth of Labour Party at the expense of the Independent Labour Party following the adoption in 1918 by the former of a constitution calling for common ownership of the means of production (1); prominence of ILP members on Glasgow Council in 1920s (1); expulsion of John McGovern from Labour Party in 1931 for using forged credentials for nomination as electoral candidate (1-2); disaffiliation of ILP from Labour Party in 1932 (2-3); abortive efforts to promote unity between ILP and Communist Party in Glasgow (3); gradual disappearance of the ILP in Glasgow in the 1930s (4); support for a Scottish parliament in the 1920s (4-5); John Maclean’s call for a Scottish Communist Republic and his formation in 1923 of the short-lived Scottish Workers’ Republican Party (5-6); support for Scottish nationalism by Aitken Ferguson and others within the Communist Party in the 1930s (6-8); prominent members of the party’s Scottish committee (9); proceedings at Glasgow committee meetings (9-10); activities of Gorbals branch (11); failure of employed workers to support the unemployed movement in the 1920s (11); false accusation against McShane of breaking up a meeting addressed by Lord Beaverbrook in 1935 or 1936 (13-14).
Recording at 842/32.
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