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Is there evidence of successful communist sporting leagues or organizations which developed through sport to positively impact members and surrounding communities?

Communism in America is a tale filled with fear-mongering and government attempts to discourage its ideology. Historically, America has represented the antithesis of communism: a flourishing democracy, hailing a triumphant capitalistic economy with private ownership, whose citizens recognize the evils of the rule of the proletariat. However, Gabe Logan’s C’mon You Reds presents a new narrative of communism in America. Worker’s Soccer Leagues, or communist soccer leagues, organized soccer games for recreational play at low costs and in doing so made notable contributions to the surrounding community in the name of communism. This project aims to rediscover communism in America through sports and re-structure the narrative of American communism to reflect the positive contributions made. 

TIMELINE JS, – Changing the Narrative of American Communism

Works Cited
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  • Logan, Gabe. “C’mon, You Reds: The U.S. Communist Party’s Workers’ Soccer Association, 1927–35.” Journal of Sport History 44, no. 3 (October 26, 2017): 384–98.
  • ———. “Playing for the People: Labor Sport Union Athletic Clubs in the Lake Superior/Iron Range 1927-1936” 4 (n.d.): 40.
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  • “Young Worker – Contents by Issue (1922 until 1927).” Accessed December 3, 2020.

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