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The American Left: Its Impact on Politics and Society since 1900

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Abstract

Only the right has recognized the potency of the American left. The book explains why others have underestimated the left in the USA, citing the relative absence of a free press in America, the disposition of the left to deny its own existence in the name of pragmatism, and the left’s fallacy that the right is always wrong, and thus in error in pointing to the left’s impact. The book sets forth the achievements of the left. These achievements include the welfare state, critiques of and sometimes effective opposition to militarism, the reshaping of American culture, crusades for black rights an ... More

Keywords: America, right, left, Obama, socialist, anti-war, civil liberties, multiculturalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748668878
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668878.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, author
University of Edinburgh