S Word A Short History of an American Tradition... Socialism

ISBN-10: 184467679X

ISBN-13: 9781844676798

Edition: 2010

Authors: John Nichols

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Campaigning against Barack Obama in 2008, Sarah Palin warned, "Nowis no time to experiment with socialism," while Missouri congressmemberTodd Akin told a McCain rally, "This campaign is about one thing. Itrs"s areferendum on socialism." One of the most popular ongoing featureson Glenn Beckrs"s daily radio program is called "Americars"s March toSocialism." John Nichols, a leading political reporter in the US, here offershis unapologetic retort to the return of red-baiting in American politicallife-arguing that socialism has a long, proud American history. Tom Painewas enamored of early socialists, Horace Greeley employed Karl Marx asa correspondent, and Helen Keller was an avowed socialist. Moreover, weowe many basic American institutions, like the Social Security system, to theideas and efforts of American socialists. Recent polls show that Americans, especially young Americans, are moreopen to socialism and alternatives to capitalism than in decades. Indeed, as The New Yorker put it, "There hasnrs"t been so much talk of socialism in anAmerican election since 1920, when Eugene Victor Debs, candidate of theSocialist Party, made his fifth run for president from a cell in the AtlantaFederal Penitentiary." This short, irreverent book gives Americans back acrucial part of their history and makes a forthright case for socialist ideastoday.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 3/21/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166

Preface and Acknowledgements: Whitman, Sylvie and the Emmas
�More of a Socialist than I Thought�: Walt Whitman and a Very American Ism
�A Broader Patriotism�: Thomas Paine and the Promise of Red Republicanism
Reading Marx with Abraham Lincoln: Utopian Socialists, German Communists and Other Republicans
A Legal and Peaceable Revolution of the Mind: The Socialism That Did Happen Here
�Simply a Stupid Piece of Despotism�: How Socialists Saved the First Amendment
For Jobs and Freedom: The �Militant Radical� Socialist Who Dared to Dream of a March on Washington
Afterword: �But What about Democratic Left Politics?�
A Note on Sources
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