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Author Nichols, John

Title The "S" word : a short history of an American tradition-- socialism / John Nichols

Publ Info London ; New York : Verso, 2011
 CCRI-Prov.  HX83 .N53 2011    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  HX83 .N53 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xvi, 307 pages ; 21 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents "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?"
Note A short, sharp, irreverent rejoinder to right-wing red-baiting. A few months before the 2010 midterms, Newt Gingrich described the socialist infiltration of American government and media as "even more disturbing than the threats from foreign terrorists." John Nichols offers an unapologetic retort to the return of red-baiting in American political life -- arguing that socialism has a long, proud, American history. Tom Paine was enamored of early socialists, Horace Greeley employed Karl Marx as a correspondent, and Helen Keller was an avowed socialist. The "S" Word gives Americans back a crucial aspect of their past and makes a forthright case for socialist ideas today"--Publisher's description
LC subject Socialism -- United States -- History
United States -- Politics and government
Alt Title Short history of an American tradition-- socialism
ISBN 9781844676798 (pbk.)
184467679X (pbk.)