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Title:
Radicals in America : the US Left since the Second World War
Author:
Brick, Howard, 1953-
ISBN:
9780521515603

9780521731331
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Physical Description:
355 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series:
Cambridge essential histories

Cambridge essential histories.
Contents:
Introduction: Margin and Mainstream in the American Radical Experience -- War and Peace, 1939-1948 -- All Over this Land, 1949-1959 -- A New Left, 1960-1964 -- The Revolution Will Be Live, 1965-1973 -- Anticipation, 1973-1980 -- Over the Rainbow, 1981-1989 -- What Democracy Looks Like, 1990 to the Present -- Conclusion: Radicalism's Future.
Abstract:
"Radicals in America offers the first complete and continuous history of left-wing social movements in the United States from the Second World War to the present. The book traces the full panoply of radical activist causes--socialism, Communism, the labor movement, anarchism, pacifism, anti-racism, women's rights, LGBT liberation, ecology, indigenous rights, and world social justice--in ways that show how successive generations join currents of dissent, face setbacks and political repression, and generate new challenges to the status quo, even in periods when conservatism appears to push protest to the margins of American society"-- Provided by publisher.
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Book review (H-Net) http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=44862
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Radicals in America is a masterful history of controversial dissenters who pursued greater equality, freedom and democracy - and transformed the nation. Written with clarity and verve, Radicals in America shows how radical leftists, while often marginal or ostracized, could assume a catalytic role as effective organizers in mass movements, fostering the imagination of alternative futures. Beginning with the Second World War, Radicals in America extends all the way down to the present, making it the first comprehensive history of radicalism to reach beyond the sixties. From the Communist Party and the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, its coverage extends to the Battle of Seattle and Occupy Wall Street. Each chapter begins with a particular life story, including a Harlem woman deported in the McCarthy era, a gay Japanese-American opponent of the Vietnam War, and a Native American environmentalist, vignettes that bring to life the personal within the political.