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The Resource When the old left was young : student radicals and America's first mass student movement, 1929-1941, Robert Cohen

When the old left was young : student radicals and America's first mass student movement, 1929-1941, Robert Cohen

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When the old left was young : student radicals and America's first mass student movement, 1929-1941
Title
When the old left was young
Title remainder
student radicals and America's first mass student movement, 1929-1941
Statement of responsibility
Robert Cohen
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Language
eng
Summary
The Depression era saw the first mass student movement in American history. The crusade, led in large part by young Communists, was both an anti-war campaign and a movement championing a broader and more egalitarian vision of the welfare state than that of the New Dealers. The movement arose from a massive political awakening on campus, caused by the economic crisis of the 1930s and the escalating international tensions and threat of world war wrought by fascism. This book makes an important contribution to the emerging portrait of political life in the 1930s. American college students during the Age of Roosevelt confronted two of the gravest crises in the twentieth century: the Great Depression and the growing international tensions that ultimately led to World War II. These crises generated more idealism than despair, politicizing undergraduates, who built the first mass student movement in American history. Led by leftists, this movement responded to the crisis in international relations by organizing national student strikes against war and fascism - which at their height in the mid-1930s mobilized almost half of the undergraduate population in the United States. While battling for peace in the international arena, the student movement responded to the Depression in America by waging a war on poverty. The movement championed a broader and more egalitarian vision of the welfare state than that of the New Dealers. Demanding "scholarships not battleships," Depression-era student activists pushed for federal educational funding and job programs for all needy young Americans. The student movement tested the limits of free speech on campus. Anti-radical college administrators sought to suppress the movement, provoking major battles over political expression. Though Depression-era student protests were almost always nonviolent and lawful, college administrators nonetheless turned over confidential information about their activist students to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - abrogating the First Amendment rights of these young activists. When the Old Left Was Young offers the first comprehensive history of the Depression-era student movement and its activism on behalf of peace, social justice, and free speech. The study explores the role that radicals - and particularly Communists - played in launching and leading the movement. Avoiding the polemics of Cold War-era historiography, When the Old Left Was Young presents Communist students in all their complexity; they emerge on these pages as idealistic champions of egalitarian social change, but also as manipulative political organizers whose eagerness to serve as apologists for the U.S.S.R. ultimately destroyed the student movement in the wake of the Nazi-Soviet pact and the Soviet invasion of Finland. Based upon sources generally ignored by political historians, including student newspapers, university records, FBI documents, and interviews with movement leaders, this book offers new insights into American political life during the Depression era. Revealing fascinating individual stories in this history of student insurgency, When the Old Left Was Young will be of key interest to readers concerned with the history of American education, youth, radicalism, free speech, U.S. and Soviet foreign policy, race relations, and the Great Depression
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digitized
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N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cohen, Robert
Dewey number
378.1/981
Index
index present
LC call number
LA229
LC item number
.C62 1993eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Student movements
  • College students
  • Depressions
  • EDUCATION
  • College students
  • Depressions
  • Student movements
  • United States
  • Die Linke
  • Studentenbeweging
  • Radicalisme
  • Studentenbewegung
  • Geschichte (1929-1941)
  • USA
Label
When the old left was young : student radicals and America's first mass student movement, 1929-1941, Robert Cohen
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-418) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • From Popular Front to Unpopular Sect
  • The FBI Goes to College
  • Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano
  • Cafeteria Commies
  • Springtime of Revolt
  • The Making of a Mass Movement
  • Spies, Suppression, and Free Speech on Campus
  • The Popular Front on Campus
  • Beyond the New Deal? Egalitarian Dreams and Communist Schemes
  • Activist Impulses
Control code
47010933
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 432 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585353630
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)47010933
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
When the old left was young : student radicals and America's first mass student movement, 1929-1941, Robert Cohen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-418) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • From Popular Front to Unpopular Sect
  • The FBI Goes to College
  • Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano
  • Cafeteria Commies
  • Springtime of Revolt
  • The Making of a Mass Movement
  • Spies, Suppression, and Free Speech on Campus
  • The Popular Front on Campus
  • Beyond the New Deal? Egalitarian Dreams and Communist Schemes
  • Activist Impulses
Control code
47010933
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 432 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585353630
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)47010933
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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