American Youth for Democracy

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American Youth for Democracy

Communist Party youth wing

In the late 1940s, American Youth for Democracy was the youth wing of Communist Party USA.

American Youth for Democracy (AYD) replaced the Young Communist League during World War II. The AYD was a step backward from a Marxist-Leninist youth organization, instead of being a broad anti-fascist organization. The AYD did campaign for youth rights and battled racism, the cold war and anti-communism, but did not meet the needs of youth in the post-war era.[1]

AYD sponsonsors

The following were national sponsors of American Youth for Democracy:[2]

Officers

The following officers and council members were elected at the June 1946 convention of the AYD: [3]

National Officers

National Council Members

References

  1. History of Young Communist League USA
  2. Spotlight, April, 1944
  3. [Testimony of Walter S. Steele regarding Communist activities in the United States. Hearings before the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, Eightieth Congress, first session, on H. R. 1884 and H. R. 2122, bills to curb or outlaw the Communist Party in the United States. Public law 601 (section 121, subsection Q (2) July 21, 1947, pages 75.76]]