The Immigrant Left in the United States

The Immigrant Left in the United States

by Paul Buhle

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This book investigates the role immigrant radicals have played in U.S. society from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.


This book investigates the role immigrant radicals have played in U.S. society from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

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Begins the long neglected study of leftist activity among Americans whose language and culture were not English. The 11 essays break new ground by finding and interpreting a wealth of untouched documentary and oral sources, demonstrating the methodology as well as conveying information about specific groups, movements, and events. They consider such groups as Mexicans, Jews, Italians, Asian, and Haitians; and include the first known studies of radical Poles, Ukrainians, Greeks, and Arabs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"What I like most about this book is its unusual coverage of different ethnic and racial groups. Many of the essays have a transnational perspective on immigrant political culture. Most of them have important material on the contribution of women immigrant radicals and the tension between these women and their male counterparts." --Robert Asher, University of Connecticut

"I like very much that this book covers immigrant life and politics over the long run of U.S. history rather than focusing on either the past or the present. Essays on immigrant workers inevitably shed light on nationalism, transnationalism, internationalism, and their significance for class analysis. The foreign-language labor and Left press has been surveyed, and evaluated, but this rich source has not yet been mined extensively." -- Donna Gabaccia, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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State University of New York Press
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SUNY series in American Labor History Series

Meet the Author

Paul Buhle directs the Oral History of the American Left project, Tamiment Library, New York University, and has written or edited 21 books, including Marxism in the United States; Encyclopedia of the American Left; The American Radical; and C. L. R. James: The Artist as Revolutionary.

Dan Georgakas teaches in the Labor Education and Advancement Project of Queens College. He is author of Greek America at Work; associate editor of the newspaper The GreekAmerican; and coeditor of Encyclopedia of the American Left and New Directions in Greek American Studies.

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