Daniel Aaron's chapter on Dos Passos, footnote 14
14. See *NM*, X (March 6, 1934), p. 8. The New York *Times* gave
full coverage to the story (Feb. 16, 1934), and the episode was widely
reported. *The Modern Monthly*, VIII (March 1934), pp. 87-92,
printed "An Open Letter to American Intellectuals" pointing out that the
Communist Party through its organized hooliganism had destroyed the
chance to build a genuine united-front protest on behalf of the
Austrian workers and to dramatize the meaning of fascism to American
labor. The letter caged upon American intellectuals "sympathetic with
the revolutionary movement" to resign from the party if they
were members and from any "auxilliary organizations, well-described as
'innocents clubs.' " The Communist position was defended in some detail
by Oakley Johnson in *The Monthly Review*, I (June 1934), pp. 12-16.
The riot received extended treatment in James T. Farrell's *roman a clef,
Yet Other Waters* (N. Y., 1952), pp. 267-312. "The Communists,"
declares the hero, "have disgraced themselves permanently in the
American radical movement after this disgusting spectacle" (p. 276).
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