Monday, September 22, 2014

Rose Pastor Stokes - Notes

Rose Harriet Pastor Stokes (1879–1933)

Stokes was a leading member of the Socialist Party; sentenced to prison along with Eugene Debs for antiwar activities during WWI; a founding member of the American Communist Party and
served for a number of years as an elected member of its executive committee; went to Moscow in 1922 along with John Reed as an American delegate to the Fourth Congress of the Comintern; and participated in the Comintern’s special Negro Commission.

Oh yeah, and she also wrote proletarian plays and poetry. “In 1916, she wrote ‘The Women Who Wouldn’t’ which was a play about the rise of a woman labor leader. Rose also contributed numerous poems and articles to such publications as The Masses, Independent, and Century.”
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