Movements of the New Left, 1950-1975: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture) / Edition 1

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The Movements of the New Left is a documentary history of the movements for fundamental social change and radical democracy that disrupted the United States from their emergence in the 1950s through their dispersion and institutionalization in the early 1970s. Using an inclusive definition of the New Left, Gosse tracks the development and commonalities of the civil rights and black power movements and other struggles of people of color, of the peace, antiwar, and student movements, and of feminism and gay liberation. The introduction presents a solid overview of the history of these movements, combining chronological and thematic approaches against the backdrop of Cold War liberalism. Forty-five documents follow, each with an informative headnote providing context and explanatory footnotes that help students make sense of manifestoes, testimonies, speeches, newspaper advertisements, letters, and book excerpts from the tumultuous era referred to as “the Sixties.” A chronology of the New Left, questions for consideration, a selected bibliography, and an index provide further pedagogical support.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312133979
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 186,590
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.13 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

VAN GOSSE teaches history at Franklin and Marshall College and is a longtime member of the Radical History Review Editorial Collective. He is the author of Where the Boys Are: Cuba, Cold War America and the Making of a New Left (1993) and editor, with Richard Moser, of The World the Sixties Made: Politics and Culture in Recent America (2003), as well as of numerous articles on 20th-century U.S. politics and political culture. He has served as director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas and organizing director of Peace Action, and has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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Table of Contents


Seeds of Dissent in the 1940s and 1950s
The Movements Take Off, 1960–1965
The Cold War Consensus Cracks, 1965–1968
High Tide and Ebb Tide, 1969–1975
Conclusion: The Movements Go Their Own Way

1. Mattachine Society, Statement of Purpose, 1951
2. Coleman Young, Testimony Before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, February 28, 1952
3. Jo Ann Robinson, Letter to Mayor W. A. Gayle, May 21, 1954
4. Rosa Parks, The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Talk at the Highlander Folk School, March 1956
5. Liberation, Tract for the Times: Editorial, March 1956
6. Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, We Are Facing a Danger Unlike Any Danger That Has Ever Existed: Advertisement in the New York Times, November 15, 1957
7. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Statement of Purpose, May 14, 1960
8. Fair Play for Cuba Committee, Cuba: A Declaration of Conscience by Afro-Americans: Advertisement in the New York Post, April 25, 1961
9. Dale Johnson, On the Ideology of the Campus Revolution, May 1961
10. Fannie Lou Hamer, Remembering 1962, 1977
11. Tom Hayden and Students for a Democratic Society, The Port Huron Statement, August 1962
12. Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, 1963
13. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
14. John Lewis, Wake Up America! August 28, 1963
15. Malcolm X, Message to the Grassroots, November 10, 1963
16. Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, July 2, 1964
17. Sally Belfrage, Remembering Freedom Summer, 1964
18. Mario Savio, An End to History, November 1964
19. Lyndon B. Johnson, The American Promise: Special Message to the Congress, March 15, 1965
20. Paul Potter, The Incredible War, April 17, 1965
21. Casey Hayden and Mary King, Sex and Caste, November 18, 1965
22. Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, The Ten-Point Program: What We Want/What We Believe, October 1966
23. National Organization for Women, Statement of Purpose, October 29, 1966
24. Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton, Black Power, 1967
25. Maulana Karenga, Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles, 1967
26. The Resistance, We Refuse — October 16, 1967
27. Martin Luther King Jr., Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam, April 4, 1967
28. Daniel Berrigan, Night Flight to Hanoi, 1968
29. New York Radical Women, Principles, 1968
30. New York Radical Women, No More Miss America! August 1968
31. Third World Liberation Front, The Politics of the Strike, 1968
32. Mike Klonsky, Toward a Revolutionary Youth Movement, December 23, 1968
33. Third World Women's Alliance, Equal to What? 1969
34. Young Lords Party, Thirteen Point Program and Platform, 1969
35. Martha Shelley, Gay Is Good, 1969
36. Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, El Plan de Santa Barbara, April 1969
37. Indians of All Tribes, Proclamation, November 1969
38. Gay Activists Alliance, Preamble to Constitution, December 1969
39. American Civil Liberties Union, On the Record of Police Actions against the Black Panther Party: Press Release, December 29, 1969
40. Kathie Sarachild, Outline for Consciousness-Raising, 1970
41. Tom Grace, Remembering the Killings at Kent State, 1987
42. Bella Abzug, Testimony Before the New York City Human Rights Commission, September 1970
43. John Kerry, Vietnam Veterans against the War Testimony to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, April 22, 1971
44. Charles Diggs Jr., Speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Dinner, June 18, 1971
45. Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Our Bodies, Ourselves, 1973

A Chronology of Key Events in the History of the New Left (1949–1975)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography

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