Alexander L. Trachtenberg (1885-1966) founded International Publishers™ in 1924.
Trachtenberg was a leading writer, educator, and publisher of works on Marxism.
As a student at Yale, he wrote his dissertation on philosophy. First active in the Socialist Party, he was a founding member of the Communist Party USA in 1919. He wrote several historical works including a pamphlet entitled "The History of May Day."
Trachtenberg was jailed for his writings and leadership of the Jefferson School of Social Studies in New York City in the late 1940s and 1950s. He was jailed for contempt of Congress when he would not turn over school records to the McCarthyites.
He was active in the John Reed Clubs that spread on campuses and among artistic circles.
Trachtenberg is interred at the same cemetery as the Haymarket Martyrs, Lucy Parsons, and many other communists, socialists, Wobblies, and other radicals: Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois, just west of Chicago.
Alexander L. Trachtenberg: Grave 76, Sector B.
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