The Regrettable Century

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episode 6: The Farce of American Socialism: The American Socialist Movement, Part II


This week Jason continues to teach us about the history of American socialism. We pick up with the collapse of the old left, discuss the birth of the New Left, the New Communist Movement, and end with the End of History and the turn inward.

Dennis, Peggy. The Autobiography of an American Communist: A Personal View of a Political Life, 1925-1975. Lawrence Hill Books, 1977.

Bernstein, Walter. Inside Out: A Memoir of the Blacklist. Da Capo Press, 1996.

Isserman, Maurice. If I Had A Hammer: The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left. Basic Books, 1987.

Unger, Irwin. The Movement: A History of the New Left, 1959-1972. Dodd, Mead, 1974.

Leonard, Aaron J & Gallagher, Conor A. A Threat of the First Magnitude: FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union, 1962-1974. Repeater, 2018.

Leonard, Aaron J & Gallagher, Conor A. Heavy Radicals - The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists: The Revolutionary Union / Revolutionary Communist Party, 1968-1980. Zero Books, 2015.

Elbaum, Max. Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che. Verso, 2018.

Dixon, Aaron. My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain. Haymarket, 2012.

Sheppard, Barry. The Party: A Political Memoir (The Socialist Workers Party 1960-1988). Haymarket, 2006.

Camejo, Peter. North Star: A Memoir. Haymarket, 2010.


Music: Fortunate Son- Circle Jerks

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 2022-01-26  1h26m