New Left Revisited / Edition 1

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Starting with the premise that it is possible to say something significantly new about the 1960s and the New Left, the contributors to this volume trace the social roots, the various paths, and the legacies of the movement that set out to change America. As members of a younger generation of scholars, none of them (apart from Paul Buhle) has first-hand knowledge of the era. Their perspective as non-participants enables them to offer fresh interpretations of the regional and ideological differences that have been obscured in the standard histories and memoirs of the period. Reflecting the diversity of goals, the clashes of opinions, and the tumult of the time, these essays will engage seasoned scholars as well as students of the '60s.

Author Biography: John McMillian is Lecturer, Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University. He is the co-editor of The Radical Reader: A Documentary Anthology of American Radical History.

Paul Buhle is Lecturer in the American civilization department at Brown University. His most recent book (co-authored with Dave Wagner) is Radical Hollywood: The Untold Story Behind America's Favorite Movies. He writes for The Nation, The Guardian, and The Times Higher Education Supplement, among other publications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566399760
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Critical Perspectives on the past Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: "You Didn't Have to Be There": Revisiting the New Left Consensus 1
Ch. 1 "It Seemed a Very Local Affair": The Student Movement at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 11
Ch. 2 Between Despair and Hope: Revisiting Studies on the Left 28
Ch. 3 Building the New South: The Southern Student Organizing Committee 48
Ch. 4 The Black Freedom Struggle and White Resistance: A Case Study of the Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland 67
Ch. 5 Organizing from the Bottom Up: Lillian Craig, Dovie Thurman, and the Politics of ERAP 92
Ch. 6 Death City Radicals: The Counterculture in Los Angeles 110
Ch. 7 How New Was the New Left? 139
Ch. 8 Strategy and Democracy in the New Left 156
Ch. 9 The "Point of Ultimate Indignity" or a "Beloved Community"? The Draft Resistance Movement and Gender Dynamics 178
Ch. 10 Losing Our Kids: Queer Perspectives on the Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial 199
Ch. 11 Between Revolution 9 and Thesis II: Or, Will We Learn (Again) to Start Worrying and Change the World? 214
Ch. 12 Letting Go: Revisiting the New Left's Demise 241
Afterword: How Sweet It Wasn't: The Scholars and the CIA 257
About the Contributors 273
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