Rose Harriet Pastor Stokes (1879–1933)
So little has been written about the seminal American socialist Rose Pastor Stokes that I am seriously tempted to head to NYC and begin research on a piece which would include all of her unpublished works currently stored in the Tamiment library! (http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/tamwag/tam_053/bioghist.html)
She was a leading member of the Socialist Party; sentenced to prison along with Eugene Debs for antiwar activities during WWI; a founding member of the American Communist Party and served for a number of years as an elected member of its executive committee; went to Moscow in 1922 along with John Reed as an American delegate to the Fourth Congress of the Comintern; and participated in the Comintern’s special Negro Commission.
Oh yeah, and she also wrote proletarian plays and poetry. “In 1916, she wrote ‘The Women Who Wouldn’t’ which was a play about the rise of a woman labor leader. Rose also contributed numerous poems and articles to such publications as The Masses, Independent, and Century.”
Also see her posthumously-published unfinished autobiography titled, “I Belong to the Working Class,” which begins: “I slipped into the world while my mother was on her knees scrubbing the floor.” (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0820313831/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_kwP1sb0X7FGTGKJJ)