Marxism in the United States: A History of the American Left

Overview

A crown jewel of New Left historiography, this overview of U.S. Marxism was hailed on its first publication for its nuanced storytelling, balance and incredible sweep.

Brimming over with archival finds and buoyed by the recollections of witnesses and participants in the radical movements of decades past, Marxism in the United States includes fascinating accounts of the immigrant socialism of the nineteenth century, the formation of the CPUSA in the wake of the Bolshevik ...

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Overview

A crown jewel of New Left historiography, this overview of U.S. Marxism was hailed on its first publication for its nuanced storytelling, balance and incredible sweep.

Brimming over with archival finds and buoyed by the recollections of witnesses and participants in the radical movements of decades past, Marxism in the United States includes fascinating accounts of the immigrant socialism of the nineteenth century, the formation of the CPUSA in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution, the rise of American communism and of the hugely influential Popular Front in the 1920s and ’30s, the crisis and split of the ’50s, and the revival of Marxism in the ’60s and ’70s.

This revised and updated edition also takes into account the last quartercentury of life in the U.S., bringing the story of American Marxism up to the present.

With today’s resurgent interest in radicalism, this new edition provides an unparalleled guide to 150 years of American left history.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education Supplement
“Paul Buhle has writte as good a book, with stunning command of detail and hard-headed generosity, as anyone in his generation about the life of radicalism in America.”
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“Cogent and provocative ... this single volume challenges the entire edifice of modern US cultural and political history.”—David Montgomery, Monthly Review

“Paul Buhle has writte as good a book, with stunning command of detail and hard-headed generosity, as anyone in his generation about the life of radicalism in America.”—Times Higher Education Supplement

David Montgomery - Monthly Review
“Cogent and provocative ... this single volume challenges the entire edifice of modern US cultural and political history.”
Monthly Review

Cogent and provocative ... this single volume challenges the entire edifice of modern US cultural and political history.

”— David Montgomery

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781680155
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Edition description: Revised and expanded
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Buhle,formerly a senior lecturer at Brown University, produces radical comics. He founded the SDS Journal Radical America and the archive Oral History of the American Left and, with Mari Jo Buhle, is coeditor of the Encyclopedia of the American Left. He lives in Madison.
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