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Document Details


Title: James West
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Washington. Library. Special Collections
Collection: Communist Party Oral History Interviews
Description: Born in New York City in 1914, the son of a shoemaker and a garment worker, Jim West joined the Young Communist League at age 15 and soon after served his first jail term for picketing. He talks about his work with YCL in the early 1930s and two years studying in the Soviet Union, as well as his years in Seattle as Northwest organizer for the YCL (1937-1942). He also discusses his work in the shipyards and describes some of the Party leaders from that time.
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2002 (Year of interview)
Speaker: West, James, 1914-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1914
Speaker place of birth: New York, NY; New York; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Age at speaking: 88
Document date: 08-Apr-2002
Interviewer: Black, Gordon; Grijalva, Brian
Organizations discussed: Communist Party U.S.A.
Locations discussed: North America; United States; Washington
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Communism; Communist parties; Communist Party U.S.A.; Communist party work; Communists--United States; North America; Oral history; United States; Washington
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025979-27925