The Liberal Civil War: Fraternity and Fratricide on the Left

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The Liberal Civil War: Fraternity and Fratricide on the Left explores the struggles and controversy of the liberal community during the early years of the Cold War. It follows the issue of collaboration with communists through the anti-Communist revivals of the McCarthy era, the Vietnam War, and the celebrated feud and lawsuit involving Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy. With insights provided by Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Leon Schull, and Gus Tyler, The Liberal Civil War details the internal strife and the external action of organized liberals such as labor unions and the Americans for Democratic Action while they struggled with communist paranoia in the United States.

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The New Leader
...a fast paced, informative account...diligently researched...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761810889
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Tuck is an independent historian, a freelance writer, and a syndicated columnist who has published several books including McCarthyism and New York's Hearst Press: A Study of Roles in the Witch Hunt (University Press of America, 1995).

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Table of Contents

1 Premature anti-Stalinism 1
2 Seeds of Conflict 21
3 Watershed: The Conference and the Letter 39
4 May-December 1946: The Fissure Widens 53
5 PCA and Henry Wallace 71
6 Challenge and Response: The ADA Organizes 87
Illustrations 103
7 1947: ADA's Uphill Battle 107
8 1948: ADA's Winning Battle 125
9 Crossover Profiles 147
10 Labor: Cold Warriors on the March 165
11 The 1948 Election 183
12 The Popular Front Marginalized 205
l3 Later Years: Revisionism and anti-Revisionism 223
Notes to Chapters 245
Bibliography 268
Index 275
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