By Paul Le Blanc
Haymarket Books (Spring 2017)
Paper • ISBN-13: 9781608466825 • $22.00 • 304 pgs.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Animated by the conviction that the Left is “as American as apple pie,” this rich collection of essays highlights radical traditions that helped to shape US history in the direction of genuine “liberty and justice for all.”
These essays—touching on the Marxist-tinged anarchism of the Haymarket martyrs to the predecessors and heirs of the Occupy Wall Street movement—give a vibrant sense of the central role of the Left in social movements and struggles of the past and present that generated remarkable transformations. Left Americana considers both the limitations and successes for activists from the Socialist and Communist parties, Christian Socialists, Maoists, Trotskyists, and the “New Left” activists of the 1960s and ’70s in creating profound social and political change.
“In Left Americana, a distinguished scholar-activist offers a fascinating field trip through territory too often treated as a factional battlefield or neglected and forgotten.”
Paul Buhle, retired lecturer, Brown University, and author of Marxism in the United States
“The future of the radical past is in good hands with Paul Le Blanc. His new collection of writings is a marvelous stroll through the landscape of the Left, a feat of historical reconstruction around an ambitious spectrum of themes.”
Alan Wald, author of American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War
Praise for Lenin and the Revolutionary Party:
“A work of unusual strength and coherence, inspired not by academic neutrality but by the deep conviction that there is much to learn from the actual ideas and experiences of Lenin and the revolutionary party he led.”
Praise for Revolution, Democracy, Socialism:
“We desperately need the resurrection and revival of the kind of strategic thinking and principled commitment that Lenin epitomized in the era of 1917, and all that it promised. For those interested in this rebirth of the politics of alternative to capitalism, Paul Le Blanc’s account of the democratic, socialist, and revolutionary Lenin will prove indispensable. Reading it is a reminder that what is, need not be, and that what has, seemingly, failed, can be reconstituted anew.”
Praise for Marx, Lenin and the Revolutionary Experience:
“Looking back at the tumultuous events associated with revolutionary Marxism in the past century, Paul Le Blancoffers us an insightful, sympathetic, and even-handed assessment of the sources of its dynamism as well as the causes of its decline.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paul Le Blanc, Professor of History at La Roche College, is author of A Short History of the U.S. Working Class; Work and Struggle: Voices of U.S. Labor Radicalism; and Choice Award winner A Freedom Budget for All Americans.
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