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The Resource Why America needs a left : a historical argument, Eli Zaretsky

Why America needs a left : a historical argument, Eli Zaretsky

Label
Why America needs a left : a historical argument
Title
Why America needs a left
Title remainder
a historical argument
Statement of responsibility
Eli Zaretsky
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The United States today cries out for a robust, self-respecting, intellectually sophisticated left, yet the very idea of a left appears to have been discredited. In this brilliant new book, Eli Zaretsky rethinks the idea by examining three key moments in American history: the Civil War, the New Deal and the range of New Left movements in the 1960s and after including the civil rights movement, the women's movement and gay liberation.In each period, he argues, the active involvement of the left - especially its critical interaction with mainstream liberalism - proved indispensable. American liberalism, as represented by the Democratic Party, is necessarily spineless and ineffective without a left. Correspondingly, without a strong liberal center, the left becomes sectarian, authoritarian, and worse. Written in an accessible way for the general reader and the undergraduate student, this book provides a fresh perspective on American politics and political history. It has often been said that the idea of a left originated in the French Revolution and is distinctively European; Zaretsky argues, by contrast, that America has always had a vibrant and powerful left. And he shows that in those critical moments when the country returns to itself, it is on its left/liberal bases that it comes to feel most at home." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Zaretsky, Eli
Dewey number
320.5130973
Index
index present
LC call number
JC574.2.U6
LC item number
Z47 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Right and left (Political science)
  • Liberalism
  • New Left
  • Social change
  • United States
Label
Why America needs a left : a historical argument, Eli Zaretsky
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223102507515
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-193) 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
Introduction: America's three great crises and three lefts -- Abolitionism and racial equality -- The popular front and social equality -- The new left and participatory democracy -- Conclusion: the American left today
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
206 p.
Isbn
9780745644851
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 751830929
  • (OCoLC)751830929
Label
Why America needs a left : a historical argument, Eli Zaretsky
Publication
Bar code
31223102507515
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-193) 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
Introduction: America's three great crises and three lefts -- Abolitionism and racial equality -- The popular front and social equality -- The new left and participatory democracy -- Conclusion: the American left today
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
206 p.
Isbn
9780745644851
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 751830929
  • (OCoLC)751830929

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