Annette Rubinstein

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Annette Rubinstein

Dr. Annette T. Rubinstein (April 12, 1910 - June 20, 2007) of New York was referred to as a Marxist literary lion. She was an activist and educator, part of the teacher's collective at the Brecht Forum Marxist School. She spent decades as a leader and candidate of the American Labor Party. She wrote, spoke out, and organized in defense of "McCarthyism's victims", desegregation and Puerto Rican independence, and Freedom Socialist Party founder Clara Fraser's landmark suit charging political discrimination at Seattle City Light.[1]

Communist Party Involvement

Rubinstein joined the Communist Party USA in the early 1930s and left in 1952. She also taught at two U.S. Communist Party schools, in Eastern Europe and in China.[2]

Rubinstein was not proud of her earlier involvement in the Communist Party. When Senator Joseph R. McCarthy once asked Rubinstein if she were a member of the Communist party, saying that she was the most charming communist who had sat before his committee, she responded, "Aren't you jumping to conclusions, Senator?"[3]

American Labor Party Involvement

Rubinstein was a major leader of the American Labor Party, under whose banner, in two special elections in 1949, she ran for State Assembly (winning nearly one in six votes) and for Congress against Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr.[4]

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 Annette Rubinstein was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of Herbert Aptheker's 50th birthday, the publication of his 20th book, and the 2nd anniversary of the American Institute for Marxist Studies. It was held in the Sutton Ballroom, The New York Hilton, Avenue of the Americas, 53rd to 54th Street, New York City. Most speakers, organizers and sponsors were known members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.[5]

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[6]

Contradictions in the Contemporary Chinese State

Socialist Scholars Conference

Rosalyn Baxandall, Michael E. Brown, Annette Rubinstein, editor, Science and Society and Anders Stephanson were speakers on the Rethinking the History of Communism: 1910 - 1992 panel sponsored by Research Group on Socialism and Democracy at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City[7]


Rubinstein wrote more than 20 essays and reviews on literary and political subjects for Monthly Review, as well many articles in Science & Society, and Jewish Currents. She also authored the following titles;

  • The Great Tradition: From Shakespeare to Shaw
  • American Literature: Root and Flower

Communist "Manifestivity"

On October 30 and 31, 1998 the Brecht Forum presented the "Communist Manifestivity to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto" at Cooper Union's Great Hall, New York.

Individual endorsers of the event included Annette Rubinstein.[8]

One of the many workshops at the Manifestivity was;

Can We Go from Cultural Imperialism to World Culture? with Amiri Baraka, Aijaz Ahmad, Joseph Buttigieg, Annette Rubinstein, Sonia Sanchez and N'Gugi Wa Thiongo. Moderator: Colleen Roach.