When the Old Left Was Young

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

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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 and the escalating international tensions and threat of world war wrought by fascism. This book makes an important contribution to the emerging portrait of political life in the 1930s.show more

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  • Paperback | 454 pages
  • 142.2 x 231.1 x 30.5mm | 680.4g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Reprint
  • 1 halftone
  • 0195111362
  • 9780195111361

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The student rebels of the Depression era rank among the most effective radical organizers in the history of American student politics. They built a large and influential student protest movement, organized America's first national student strikes, and shaped political discourse on campus for the better part of a decade. No college generation before them and only the New Left insurgents of the 1960s after them ever had as much impact on student politics in twentieth-century America.show more

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Cohen has been able to draw from the printed record and personal interviews a remarkably faithful and sensitive account. It is a largely untold story that richly repays the interested reader's effort. The history of American communism and radicalism-and of that anguished decade, the 1930s-is incomplete without it. * Theodore Draper, The New York Review of Books *show more

About Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen is Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Education at the University of Georgia, Athens.show more

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