Communist Party of The United States of America

(CPUSA)
   A descendent of the Communist Labor Party and the Communist Party (both formed in 1919), and at different times going under the names of the Workers’ Party and the Communist Political Association, the Communist Party of the United States of America was based on the model of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Rigidly pro-Soviet, the CPUSA was the largest communist party in the United States with membership reaching some 20,000 in the 1980s. Even at the peak of its strength the party had no elected representatives at either state or national level, and today it is little more than a tiny sect active as a protest group for specific causes.

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