When the Old Left Was Young: Student Radicals and America's First Mass Student Movement, 1929-1941 / Edition 1 by Robert Cohen, Cohen | | 9780195111361 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
When the Old Left Was Young: Student Radicals and America's First Mass Student Movement, 1929-1941 / Edition 1

When the Old Left Was Young: Student Radicals and America's First Mass Student Movement, 1929-1941 / Edition 1

by Robert Cohen, Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195111362

ISBN-13: 9780195111361

Pub. Date: 03/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Depression era saw the first mass student movement in American history. The crusade, led in large part by young Communists, was both an anti-war campaign and a movement championing a broader and more egalitarian vision of the welfare state than that of the New Dealers. The movement arose from a massive political awakening on campus, caused by the economic

Overview

The Depression era saw the first mass student movement in American history. The crusade, led in large part by young Communists, was both an anti-war campaign and a movement championing a broader and more egalitarian vision of the welfare state than that of the New Dealers. The movement arose from a massive political awakening on campus, caused by the economic crisis of the 1930s, the escalating international tensions, and threat of world war wrought by fascism. At its peak, in the late 1930s, the movement mobilized at least a half million collegians in annual strikes against war. Never before, and not again until the 1960s, were so many undergraduates mobilized for political protest in the United States. The movement lost nearly all its momentum in 1939, when the signing of the Hitler-Stalin pact served to discredit the student Communist leaders. Adding to the emerging portrait of political life in the 1930s, this book is the result of an extraordinary amount of research, has fascinating individual stories to tell, and offers the first comprehensive history of this student insurgency.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195111361
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.16(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionxiii
1.Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano3
2.Cafeteria Commies22
3.Springtime of Revolt42
4.The Making of a Mass Movement73
5.Spies, Suppression, and Free Speech on Campus98
6.The Popular Front on Campus134
7.Beyond the New Deal? Egalitarian Dreams and Communist Schemes188
8.Activist Impulses238
9.From Popular Front to Unpopular Sect278
Appendix.The FBI Goes to College323
Abbreviations341
Notes343
Index419

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