William Z. Foster

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William Z. Foster (February 25, 1881 – September 1, 1961) was a radical American labor organizer and Communist politician, whose career included serving as  General Secretary of the Communist Party USA from 1945 to 1957. He was previously a member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, leading the drive to organize the packinghouse industry during World War I and the steel strike of 1919.[1]

Early Life

William Foster was raised by his Irish immigrant father to Fenian nationalism.

Political career

Early Labour movement

Communist Party member


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