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Martin Glaberman

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Martin Glaberman
BornDecember 3, 1918
DiedDecember 17, 2001(2001-12-17) (aged 83)
Occupation(s)professor, historian, journalist, auto worker
Academic background
Alma materUnion Graduate School, University of Detroit, Columbia University[1]
Academic work
InstitutionsWayne State University

Martin Glaberman (December 13, 1918 – December 17, 2001) was an American Marxist writer on labor, historian, academic, and autoworker.


Glaberman was associated with the Johnson-Forest Tendency, a radical left group which understood the Soviet Union as a state capitalist society that split from the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party, which understood the Soviet Union as a degenerated workers' state.

In 1950, the Johnson-Forest Tendency left the Trotskyist movement and became known as the Correspondence Publishing Committee. When this group suffered a major split in 1955 with a large number supporting Raya Dunayevskaya (or "Forest" of "Johnson-Forest") and forming a new group called the News and Letters Committees, Glaberman remained loyal to C. L. R. James ("Johnson") and the Correspondence group. James advised Correspondence from exile in Britain. It remains a matter of dispute whether the majority in 1955 supported James or Dunayevskaya. Glaberman claimed in New Politics that the majority supported James but historian Kent Worcester claimed the opposite in an important biography of C. L. R. James.

In 1962, when Grace Lee Boggs, James Boggs, Lyman Paine, and Freddy Paine split from Correspondence Publishing Committee in a third worldist direction, Glaberman and a small number of other activists remained loyal to C. L. R. James, largely in Detroit, and started a new group to continue James's legacy. He was a major figure in the new group, Facing Reality, until he proposed its dissolution in 1970, over the objections of James, because Glaberman felt it was too tiny to operate effectively. He continued to write and publish widely until his death and established a now defunct publishing company, Bewick Editions to keep James' work in print. He was for many years, until his death, a sponsor of New Politics and served as an associate editor of Radical America, along with individuals such as Paul Buhle.

Glaberman has been described as a legendary figure in Detroit radical circles[2] and he influenced activists that would play a major role in the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. He was a professor and later professor emeritus at Wayne State University as he resumed his academic path after retiring from factory work.




Personal papers, archives[edit]

The Martin and Jessie Glaberman Papers at the Walter P. Reuther Library in Detroit, Michigan, contain more than 30 linear feet of archival material related to the life and work of the Glabermans. Documents, "reflect their many years of involvement in the labor, civil rights and women's movements. Material includes correspondence, radical publications, speeches, and interviews on their involvements and interests such as the Correspondence Publishing Committee/Company, C.L.R.James and the Socialist Workers Party." The collection is open for research.


  1. ^ "We Remember Marty Glaberman". Department of Interdisciplinary Studies Website. Wayne State University. 2001. Archived from the original on July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Staughton Lynd (January 23, 2012). "Voices from the Rank and File: Remembering Marty Glaberman and Stan Weir". Viewpoint Magazine. Retrieved May 27, 2022.


  • Kent Worcester, C.L.R. James: A Political Biography (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996)

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