In striking a balance between the drearier and more inspirational aspects of their tale, the co-authors of Radicals in America: The U.S. Left Since the Second World War, tend, on balance, to emphasize the positive. As they argue in their introduction, although the “radical left has always been a minority current” in the United States, it has “propelled major changes and frequently given shape to what Americans broadly take as the nation’s core traditions.”
Maurice Isserman teaches American history at Hamilton College. He is the author, among other books, of If I Had a Hammer: The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left (1987), and The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington (2000).
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“The Common Reader,” Washington University in St. Louis’s Journal of the Essay, explores life and learning during the onset of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.