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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biographical Note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph Hansen Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1887-1980.
    Collection Number: 92035
    Creator: Hansen, Joseph, 1910-1979.
    Collection Size: 109 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 3 envelopes, 1 phonotape cassette (45.8 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, notes, minutes, reports, internal bulletins, resolutions, theses, printed matter, sound recording, and photographs, relating to Leon Trotsky, activities of the Socialist Workers Party in the United States, and activities of the Fourth International in Latin America, Western Europe and elsewhere.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research but may not be photocopied.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joseph Hansen Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1992.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Alternative Form Available

    Also available on microfilm (127 reels).

    Access Points

    Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940.
    Fourth International.
    Socialist Workers Party.
    Communism--United States.
    Communism--Latin America.
    Socialism--United States.
    Socialism--Latin America.
    United States--Politics and government.
    Latin America.

    Biographical Note

    1910 June 16 Born, Salt Lake City, Utah
    1928-1934 Attended University of Utah part-time
    1931 Married Reba Hooper
    1934 Joined Communist League of America (predecessor of Socialist Workers Party)
    1936-1937 Staff writer, Voice of the Federation (Maritime Federation of the Pacific), and Labor Action
    1937-1940 Secretary to Leon Trotsky, Coyoacan, Mexico
    1939 Author, Father Coughlin: Fascist Demagogue
    1940 Author, Wall Street's War, Not Ours!
    1940-1975 Member, National Committee, Socialist Workers Party
    1941-1945 Merchant seaman
    1944 Author, American Workers Need a Labor Party
    1945-1954 Staff writer, The Militant (newspaper of Socialist Workers Party)
    1946 Socialist Workers Party candidate for United States Senate, New York
    1948 National lecture tour on "The Struggle for Power in Europe"
      Author, The Socialist Workers Party: What It Is, What It Stands For
    1950 Socialist Workers Party candidate for United States Senate, New York
    1951 National lecture tour on "America and the World Crisis"
    1954 Editor, The Militant
    1955-1959 Editor, International Socialist Review (theoretical journal of Socialist Workers Party)
    1957 Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor of Los Angeles National lecture tour on "The Outlook for Socialist Regroupment"
    1959-1967 Editor, The Militant
    1960 Visit to Cuba
      Founding member, Fair Play for Cuba Committee
      Author, Too Many Babies? The Myth of the Population Explosion
      Author, The Truth about Cuba
    1961 Attended Conferencia Latinoamericana por la Soberania Nacional, la Emancipacion Economica y la Paz, Mexico City
      Author, In Defense of the Cuban Revolution: An Answer to the State Department and Theodore Draper
    1961-1962 Four-month tour of Latin America
    1962 National lecture tour on "What Makes Latin America Explosive"
      Visit to Algeria
      Author, The Theory of the Cuban Revolution
      Author, Trotskyism and the Cuban Revolution: An Answer to Hoy
    1962-1965 Socialist Workers Party representative in Europe, based in Paris
    1963 Attended 7th (Reunification) World Congress of Fourth International
    1963-1979 Fraternal member, United Secretariat of Fourth International Editor, Intercontinental Press (originally entitled World Outlook; published on behalf of United Secretariat of Fourth International, at first in Paris and later in New York City)
    1965 Co-author, Khrushchev's Downfall/New Deepening of the Sino-Soviet Rift?
    1966 Editor, Healy "Reconstructs" the Fourth International: Documents and Comments by Participants in a Fiasco
    1967 Attended Organizacion Latinoamericana de Solidaridad conference, Havana
      Co-author, Behind China's "Great Cultural Revolution"
    1968 Co-author, Murder in Memphis: Martin Luther King and the Future of the Black Liberation Struggle
      Co-author, The Nature of the Cuban Revolution: Record of a Controversy, 1960-1963
      Co-author, Revolt in France, May-June 1968: A Contemporary Record
    1969 Attended 9th World Congress of Fourth International
      Co-author, Class, Party and State and the Eastern European Revolution
      Co-author, The Invasion of Czechoslovakia
      Co-author, Leon Trotsky: The Man and His Work: Reminiscences and Appraisals
    1972 Author, The Abern Clique
      Co-author, Nixon's Moscow and Peking Summits: Their Meaning for Vietnam
      Co-author, A Revolutionary Strategy for the 70s: Documents of the Socialist Workers Party
    1973-1977 Fraternal member, Steering Committee, Leninist-Trotskyist Faction of Fourth International
    1974 Attended 10th World Congress of Fourth International
      Author, The Workers and Farmers Government
      Co-author, Towards a History of the Fourth International
      Editor, Marxism vs. Ultraleftism: The Record of Healy's Break with Trotskyism
    1975 ff. Target of accusation campaign by Workers Revolutionary Party (Great Britain) and Workers League (U.S.)
    1976 Co-author, The Fight against Fascism in the USA: Forty Years of Struggle Described by Participants
      Co-author, Healy's Big Lie: The Slander Campaign against Joseph Hansen, George Novack, and the Fourth International
      Co-author, What Is American Fascism? Writings on Father Coughlin, Mayor Frank Hague, and Senator Joseph McCarthy
    1978 Author, Dynamics of the Cuban Revolution: The Trotskyist View
    1979 January 18 Died, New York City
    1979 Author, The Leninist Strategy of Party Building: The Debate on Guerrilla Warfare in Latin America (published posthumously)
    1980 Author, James P. Cannon the Internationalist (published posthumously)
    1986 Co-author, Cosmetics, Fashions, and the Exploitation of Women (published posthumously)