Encyclopedia of the American Left

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First Published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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First Published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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The American Left consists not just of Communists or Socialists. As illustrated in this excellent update of the original 1990 work edited by three academic historians, it contains a rich mix of political, social, and artistic movements. The 650 entries, written by scholars, artists, and activists, cover more than individuals, organizations, and publications, also venturing into such diverse areas as folk music, the disability rights movement, labor, radio, psychology, and sf and fantasy. Entries new to the second edition include "ACT-UP," "jazz," "Leonard Peltier," "Reconstruction," and the "Young Lords Party." These additions cover current events and social and cultural topics. Individual entries run from one paragraph to several pages, and all close with a brief bibliography and cross references. The new edition also contains several minor organizational changes, such as combining the separate name-subject indexes into a single index. Also included is a separate glossary of terms regularly appearing in the work, a brief bibliographic essay, and a broad subject outline of entries. All libraries with the first edition (LJ 6/15/90) need the second on its shelves. Recommended for larger academic and public libraries.--Stephen L. Hupp, Urbana Univ. Lib., OH
The cloth edition of this invaluable reference, published by Garland in 1990 at a price of $95, was selected by Choice and Library Journal as one of the ten best reference books published in 1990. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2001

    Left In in America

    This is the book you wished you had owned in high school, when your teachers were describing 'the rise of the American nation.' It contains short, scholarly essays on every aspect of progressive change in America. As Bob Marley used to sing, 'Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery / only ourselves can free our minds.' This catalog of the Left, loosely defined as every good thing and a few rotten Stalinists, is the one-volume school for the emancipation of your mind. The price is outrageous, but it will be the best $150 you spend this year. Go in with your friends, pool your money, and buy it, buy it, buy it!

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