‘West going to dogs,’ Say Sorokin, Wellock; ‘Not So,’ Rebuts Aiken


‘West going to dogs.’ says Sorokin (not so, rebuts Aiken) – Harvard Crimson 12-4-1946

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‘West going to dogs,’ Say Sorokin, Wellock; ‘Not So,’ Rebuts Aiken

The Harvard Crimson

December 4, 1946

A personal note: I took a course with Professor Aiken: “Nature and Value,” Humanities 12b, at Brandeis University. My father, Alan W. Smith, took Sorokin’s two semester course, Social Relations 1a and 1b, at Harvard College.


— posted by Roger W. Smith

     July 2022

“The 50 years since The Crisis of Our Age have only reinforced the accuracy of his analysis.” (Harold O. J. Brown on Sorokin)


Harold O. J. Brown, ‘Regression and Renewal’ – Chronicles, January 1992


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Harold O. J. Brown

“Regression and Renewal”

Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture

January 1, 1992

Harold O. J. Brown (1933-2007) was a professor of theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He graduated from Harvard College in 1953 and earned two degrees from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.


— posted by Roger W. Smith

     July 2022


The Crisis of Our Age, paperback edition




Myra Page on Sorokin


‘In a Generous Spirit’ (Myra Page; excerpts)


Posted here (PDF above) are excerpts from In a Generous Spirit: A First-Person Biography of Myra Page, by Christina Looper Baker (University of Illinois Press, 1996)

Myra Page studied under Sorokin at the University of Minnesota.



adapted from Wikipedia:

Myra Page was the pen name of Dorothy Markey (born Dorothy Page Gary, 1897–1993), an American communist writer, journalist, union activist, and teacher.

Page was born in Newport News, Virginia. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Westhampton College (now the University of Richmond). She taught school in Richmond and then began graduate studies at Columbia University. She studied anthropology under Franz Boas, Melvin Herskovitz, and Franklin Giddings. She also took a class under John Dewey at Columbia’s Teacher’s College and attended courses given by theologians Harry Emerson Fosdick and Henry F. Ward at Union Theological Seminary. In 1920, she obtained a masters with a thesis that analyzed the effect of New York newspaper coverage on the Spanish–American War.

While a graduate student, she became active in the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), which at that time championed reform in race relations. Influenced by Social Gospel, she “developed an antiracist consciousness and chafed against the restrictions imposed upon her as a southern white woman.” Upon completing her master’s degree in 1920, Page became a YWCA “industrial secretary” at a silk factory in Norfolk, Virginia and organized education for women workers.

Giddings had introduced Page to the Rand School of Social Science, where she had met Anna Louise Strong, Mary Heaton Vorse, and Scott Nearing. In 1921, she returned to New York from Norfolk and studied further under Nearing at the Rand School; at that time, she first read The Communist Manifesto.

She then took a factory job in Philadelphia and became a union organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union (ACW). She worked at several jobs including pants seamstress and secretary. . In the spring of 1924, she returned to the New York area, became a teacher of American History in Teaneck, New Jersey, joined the American Federation of Teachers, and became one of its leaders.

In fall 1924, she got a teaching fellowship in the History Department of the University of Minnesota, chaired by F. Stuart Chapin. Pitirim Sorokin was a professor there. She married fellow teacher and fellow John Markey.

In June 1928, Page earned her Ph.D. in Sociology with double minor in Economics and Psychology from the University of Minnesota. In the fall of 1928, she accepted a teaching position at Wheaton College.

At the end of the 1929–1930 academic year, Page and her husband left Wheaton College. Page became a political journalist and writer and wrote for Communist publications such as the Daily Worker.

Page spent two years in Moscow, whence she wrote for American socialist journals as well as the Soviet communist publication Moscow News. She also wrote a novel Moscow Yankee (1935) there.

Upon their return to the States in 1933, Page and her husband lived in Brooklyn, New York. Page joined the editorial board of Soviet Russia Today, a Soviet-backed magazine, and the League of American Writers. In March 1937, she interviewed Andre Malraux for his views on the Spanish Civil War.

Page eventually left the Communist Party: “I left the Party in 1953, having lost faith that it could do the job it was supposed to do. My disillusionment was gradual… Gradually, we just plain lost confidence in the party.”


— posted by Roger W.  Smith

     July 2022


photo of Moscow Rizhsky railway station (now the Riga railway station)



From which Sorokin and his wife left for Riga, Latvia; Prague; and overseas:

On a gray afternoon September 23 1922 the first group of exiles gathered at the Moscow railway station. I carried our two valises into the Lettish diplomatic car. “Omnia mea mecum porto” I could say of myself. In a pair of shoes sent me by a Czech scientist a suit donated by the American Relief Administration and with fifty rubles in my pocket I left my native land. All my companions were in a similar plight but none of us worried very much. In spite of prohibitions of the authorities many friends and acquaintances came to see us off with gifts of flowers handclasps and tears. We all devoured with our eyes their faces the disappearing streets of Moscow the last glimpse of the fatherland.

Next day we reached Sebage the boundary line of Russia. Half an hour later we passed a Red flag-and Soviet Russia was behind us. That night after five years we lay down to sleep without asking ourselves the question ‘Will they come tonight or not?”

A Long Journey: The Autobiography of Pitirim A. Sorokin, pg. 196

— posted by Roger W. Smith

July 2022

Photo courtesy my good friend and fellow scholar Yuri Doykov

“Sorokin Stages Final Lecture Today: Famed Sociologist To Tell Of ‘Hopes For The Future’ ”


‘Sorokin Stages Final Lecture Today’ – Valley State Sundial 3-17-1960 pg 1 (2)


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“Sorokin Stages Final Lecture Today: Famed Sociologist To Tell Of ‘Hopes For The Future’ ”

Valley State Sundial

March 17, 1960

The Valley State Sundial was the student newspaper of San Fernando Valley State College. The college adopted its s current name of California State University, Northridge in 1972.

Sorokin made a lecture tour in California in 1962. See his autobiography, A Long Journey, pg. 314.


— posted by Roger W. Smith

      July 2022

“Was Marx Wrong?” (a review of Sorokin’s Social Mobility”)


Starr, ‘Was Marx Wrong’ (review of Social Mobility) – The Communist 7-1-1927


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“Was Marx Wrong?”

By Burn Starr

The Communist

July 1, 1927

pp. 323-326

a highly critical review of Sorokin’s Social Mobility.


— posted by Roger W. Smith

      July 2022

review, The Sociology of Revolution (North American Review)


Clarence H. Gaines review of The Sociology of Revolution & other works – North American Review (2)

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Clarence H. Gaines, review of Sorokin’s The Sociology of Revolution and other works

The North American Review

June 1, 1925



Editorial comment:  This review, in my opinion, does an excellent job of delineating why Sorokin’s study is so original and fresh, even today. And valuable.


posted by Roger W. Smith

     July 2022

“A Disillusioned Intellectual”


review of Leaves from a Russian Diary – Workers Monthly 1-1-1925 pg 113

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review of Sorokin’s Leaves from a Russian Diary

reviewed by Alexander Bittelman

Workers Monthly

January 1, 1925



Alexander Bittelman (1890–1982) was a Russian-born American communist political activist, Marxist theorist, influential theoretician of the Communist Party USA, and writer. A founding member, Bittelman is best remembered as the chief factional lieutenant of William Z. Foster and as a longtime editor of The Communist, its monthly magazine. (Wikipedia)


— posted by Roger W. Smith

     July 2022

Письмо А.Л. Толстой П.А. Сорокину. 15.05.1946 (letter from Alexandra Tolstoy to Pitirim Sorokin, May 5, 1946)


Alexandra Tolstoy to Sorokin 5-15-1946


Глубокоуважаемый Питирим Александрович, Сегодня утром получила Ваше милое письмо и чек для ученых в Германии. Только что организова-лось Общество, выделившееся из American Council of Voluntary Agencies, в которое Толстовский фонд вошел членом, имеющим право посылать продо-вольствие в Германию. Возможно, что организация, со всеми разрешениями на посылки в Германию, займет около месяца. Но зато на эту сумму денег, которые Вы прислали, вероятно, можно будет пос-лать в пять раз больше продуктов, чем обыкновен-ной почтой. Пришлите мне открытку с указанием, как поступить. На днях мне пришла мысль организовать при Толстовском фонде Профессорский фонд. Я сейчас занята составлением письма, которое отдам мимеографировать, с обращением к русским и американским профессорам. Каждому профес-сору, список которых у нас имеется, мы пошлем по пять экземпляров такого письма, с просьбой дальше его распространить. Есть ряд американских профессоров, заинтересованных в русских ученых, которые с удовольствием придут нам на помощь, как в финансовом смысле, так и предоставлением аффидевитов. К этому обращению мы приложим список наиболее известных ученых в Германии, Франции и Австрии. Думаю, что создание такого Профессорского фонда сильно облегчит задачу как отдельным лицам, оказывающим помощь профессорам, так и Толстовскому фонду.

— Письмо А.Л. Толстой П.А. Сорокину. 15.05.1946. Цит. по: Ульянкина Т.И. (Москва) «Дикая историческая полоса» Иммиграция русских ученых в США из послевоенной Европы // Русский Берлин. 1920–1945. Международная научная конференция 16–18 декабря. 2002. М., 2006. 441;  цитируется в Юрий Дойков, Питирим Сорокин, Человек вне сезона: Биография, Том 2 (1922 – 1968 годы) (Архангельск, 2009)


Dear Pitirim Alexandrovich, This morning I received your kind letter and the check for scientists in Germany. The society has just been formed, distinct from the American Council of Voluntary Agencies, of which the Tolstoy Foundation had become a member authorized to send food to Germany. It is possible that the arrangements, with all the permits for parcels to Germany, will take about a month. But with the amount of money that you have sent, one can probably send five times more products than the usual mail. Send me a postcard telling me how to proceed. The other day I came up with the idea of organizing at the Tolstoy Foundation a professor’s fund. I am now busy drafting a letter that I will have mimeographed, with an appeal to Russian and American professors. To each professor, of which we have a list, we will send five copies of such a letter, with the request to distribute it further. There are a number of American professors interested in Russian scholars who would gladly come to our aid, both financially and by providing affidavits. To this appeal we will attach a list of the most famous scholars in  Germany, France and Austria. I think that the creation of such a professor’s fund will greatly facilitate the task both of individuals assisting professors as well as the Tolstoy Foundation. (translation by Roger W. Smith)


— posted by Roger W. Smith

     July 2022