Martin Glaberman, who died in December 2001, was a life-long
activist in the workers' movement . This page contains a small
fraction of his writings. We hope to add more materials shortly.
Martin Glaberman speaking at the Solidarity
unionism conference in Youngstown, OH, June 8, 1999. Photograph :
" Martin Glaberman, Professor Emeritus in the
Interdisciplinary Studies program, Social Science Division, of the
College of Life Long Learning at Wayne State University died Monday,
December 17 in Detroit. He was 83.
"Prof. Glaberman worked for 20 years in auto plants, and
brought that experience to his distinguished political journalism,
his teaching, and his work as a labor historian. A Socialist since
the age of thirteen, he was a life long Marxist who never lost faith
in the transforming power of the working class. He was associated
since 1940 with the Johnson-Forest Tendency, the organization formed
and led by C.L.R.James, noted Marxist historian, It broke with
Trotskyism, concluding that the Soviet Union was not a workers'
state, but a state capitalist society; and it rejected the Vanguard
Party: the idea that elites were needed to organize social change.
They found great hope in the Workers' Councils of the Hungarian
Revolution of 1956 as a basis for reorganizing society. In the
early1950's despite the McCarthyite witch-hunt the group began
publishing Correspondence, a newspaper that was a forum for the
expression of working class views and activities. It was a forerunner
of the grass roots newspapers that flourished in the 1960's. Prof.
Glaberman was its editor.
"Prof. Glaberman and Jessie Glaberman, in their marriage of
over thirty years, kept a house that was open to the world as a way
station, a meeting place, and a refuge. In 1957 the Glabermans and a
neighbor, Mrs. Winifred Jenkins, started the nation's first inner
city Little League, the North Detroit Little League. Prof. Glaberman
acted as league president, keeping the bats and balls in his
"In the 60's Prof. Glaberman quit factory work and resumed an
academic career that had been interrupted when he dropped out of the
master's degree program in Economics at Columbia University to more
fully engage in political work. He received a master's degree from
the University of Detroit and a Doctorate from Union Graduate School.
He retired from Wayne State University in 1989, continuing to teach
"From the 1970's until his death, Prof. Glaberman gave classes
in Marxís Capital to interested young people, and ran Bewick
Editions, which published and distributed the works of C.L.R. James
long before their value was acknowledged by world scholars.
"Martin Glaberman was the author of many books, pamphlets,
essays, and poems including Wartime Strikes; Working For Wages, the
Roots of Insurgency (with Seymour Faber); Unions and Workers:
Limitations and Possibilities; Be His Payment High or Low: The
American Working Class in the Sixties; Mao as a Dialectician;
Punching Out; and The Factory Songs of Mr. Toad. Staughton Lynd is
editing a collection of Prof. Glaberman's essays, to be published in
late 2002 by Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co. of Chicago, which will
also carry the Bewick Editions list.
"Prof. Glaberman was a keynote speaker this year at C.L.R.
James centenary conferences first at the Charles H Wright Museum of
African-American History and Wayne State University in Detroit, and
then at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, Jame's home
"He is survived by his companion, Prof. Diane Voss of Grosse
Pointe Park MI; a son, Peter Glaberman, of Ann Arbor MI; a brother,
Eugene Glaberman, of New York; foster sons Ralph Hamann of Venice
FL., Gary Hamann of Los Angeles, and Farrell Hamann of Sacramento;
granddaughters Ursa Brown Glaberman of Albuquerque NM and Rosaruby
Glaberman of Brooklyn NY; and many friends and comrades worldwide.
There will be a memorial meeting at Wayne State University on
February 17, 2002."
Links to articles by and about Marty Glaberman
Revolutionary Optimist - An Interview with
Martin Glaberman 1918 -2001 (Red
& Black Notes #14)
A Different Kind of Democracy (Red
& Black Notes #3)
Review of "Working for Wages"
Back to the Future :The Continuing Relevance
of Marx (with Seymour Faber)
Strata in the working class
Working Class and Social Change (Class Against Class
pour la paie: les racines de la revolte (Echanges et
State University Memorial Site
Review of "Punching Out" (Red
& Black Notes #19) NEW
On Workers' Culture (CLR James,
Red & Black Notes #3) (More articles by
Red & Black Notes - The
Legacy of CLR James Red
& Black Notes #15)
Socialism or Barbarism
- Raya Dunalevskaya
Working Class Self
Activity - George Rawick (Red
& Black Notes #9)
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