Paul Le Blanc (historian)

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Paul Le Blanc
Born 1947 (age 69–70)
Occupation Historian
Academic background
Alma mater University of Pittsburgh
Academic work
Main interests Marxism, Leninism, Trotskyism

Paul Joseph Le Blanc (born 1947) is an American historian and activist. Professor of History at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA), he has written and/or edited more than 20 books, mostly dealing with the labor and socialist movements, in which he has been active.


His contribution "The Third American Revolution" to the best-selling collection Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, edited by Frances Goldin, Michael Smith and Debby Smith (2014) was singled out by Kirkus Reviews as "persuasive . . . cogent, well-informed."[1]

Educational and Occupational Background[edit]

Le Blanc studied at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on History and receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971, a Master of Arts degree in 1980, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1989. Since 2000 he has been at La Roche College, as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2003 to 2009, and as a Professor of History there.[2]

Books (partial list)[edit]

  • 1990: Lenin and the Revolutionary Party
  • 1994: Selected Writings of C.L.R James, 1939–1949 (edited with Scott McLemee)
  • 1996: Trotskyism in the United States: Historical Essays and Reconsiderations (with George Breitman and Alan Wald)
  • 1996: From Marx to Gramsci (edited with major introductory essay)
  • 1999: A Short History of the U.S. Working Class
  • 1999: Rosa Luxemburg: Reflections and Writings (edited with major introductory essay)
  • 2000: U.S. Labor in the Twentieth Century (edited with John Hinshaw)
  • 2000: The Working-Class Movement in America, by Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling (edited with introductory essay)
  • 2003: Black Liberation and the American Dream (edited with major introductory essay)
  • 2006: Marx, Lenin, and the Revolutionary Experience: Studies of Communism and Radicalism in the Age of Globalization
  • 2008: Lenin: Revolution, Democracy, Socialism: Selected Writings (edited with introductory essay)
  • 2011: Work and Struggle: Voices from U.S. Labor Radicalism (edited with introductory essays)
  • 2011: Socialism or Barbarism: Selected Writings of Rosa Luxemburg (co-ed. with Helen C. Scott)
  • 2012: Leon Trotsky: Writings From Exile (co-edited with Kunal Chattopadhyay)
  • 2013: A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today (with Michael D. Yates)
  • 2014: Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine
  • 2014: Leon Trotsky and the Organizational Principles of the Revolutionary Party (with Dianne Feeley and Thomas Twiss)
  • 2015: Leon Trotsky ISBN 9781780234304