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The Resource The old left in history and literature, [by] Julia Dietrich

The old left in history and literature, [by] Julia Dietrich

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The old left in history and literature
Title
The old left in history and literature
Statement of responsibility
[by] Julia Dietrich
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Mainstream America has long equated Leftism with Communism and Communism with the quintessentially un-American. With the end of the Cold War this equation no longer even seems necessary; its elements now fail to pose a credible threat to Capitalism. But Leftism in America has meant more than Communism - or Socialism or Anarchism or any other prescribed political category. It has been an integral part of the American political experience. And perhaps at no time more than now is it appropriate to reassess the role it has played in shaping American thought and culture in the twentieth century, to see it, as Julia Dietrich suggests, "not only as a revolutionary challenge to capitalism but also as a complex expression of people's hopes." Dietrich traces the movement's rise from 1912, when the Greenwich Village magazine Masses underwent a shift toward revolutionary Socialism and writers such as Emma Goldman, Max Eastman, John Reed, and Floyd Dell began contributing to its pages. She follows it through the Russian Revolution, the trials of Sacco and Vanzetti, workers' demonstrations, the era of the Popular Front, the Spanish Revolution, the many permutations of the Communist Party, the "witch-hunts" of Joseph McCarthy, and his ultimate censure by the U.S. Senate - by which time the Old Left had lost much of its cultural force. To flesh out the movement's many contours over the years, Dietrich draws from a wide array of literary forms: political tracts (such as John Reed's classic Ten Days that Shook the World), memoirs (Dorothy Day's The Long Loneliness), fictionalized autobiographies (Agnes Smedley's Daughter of Earth and Mike Gold's Jews without Money), historical novels (Upton Sinclair's Boston and Mary Heaton Vorse's Strike!), plays (Clifford Odets's Waiting for Lefty), poems (Claude McKay's "If We Must Die"), and songs (the ballads of Joe Hill and other, unknown writers)
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Dietrich, Julia
Dewey number
973.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E743
LC item number
.D495 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Twayne's literature & society series
Series volume
no. 8
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Radicalism
  • Communism
  • Socialism
  • Politics and literature
  • Socialism
  • United States
Label
The old left in history and literature, [by] Julia Dietrich
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 188-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The American left, 1912-1919 -- War and revolution, 1917-1920 -- From the Jazz Age to the Crash, 1920-1930 -- From the Great Depression to the Popular Front, 1931-1935 -- The Popular Front, 1935-1939 -- From World War II to the demise of the movement -- The struggle for the past
Control code
32050484
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 217 pages
Isbn
9780805778199
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
95006126
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The old left in history and literature, [by] Julia Dietrich
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 188-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The American left, 1912-1919 -- War and revolution, 1917-1920 -- From the Jazz Age to the Crash, 1920-1930 -- From the Great Depression to the Popular Front, 1931-1935 -- The Popular Front, 1935-1939 -- From World War II to the demise of the movement -- The struggle for the past
Control code
32050484
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 217 pages
Isbn
9780805778199
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
95006126
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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