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The cause that failed [electronic resource] : communism in American political life / Guenter Lewy.

By: Lewy, Guenter, 1923-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1990Description: 1 online resource (xi, 359 p.).ISBN: 9780199874293 (electronic bk.); 0199874298 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Communist Party of the United States of America -- History -- 20th century | Communism -- United States -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century | Communist Party of the United States | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Political Parties | Kommunismus | Geschichte | USA | Communist parties History | United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Cause that failed.DDC classification: 324.273/75/08 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
1: History of an encounter -- Early years: isolation and internal strife -- Progressives, socialists, and the united front -- The theory and practice of front organizations -- The "red decade" -- World War II: demise and rebirth of the popular front -- Liberal anticommunism during the Cold War era -- The revival of anti-anticommunism -- 2: Organizational response: cooperation with, acceptance or exclusion of Communists -- The American civil liberties union through changing times -- The peace movement: the difficulty of learning from experience -- The travail of progressivism -- The committee of a sane nuclear policy: from center to left -- The nonexclusionary policy triumphant: SDS and the movement against the Vietnam War -- 3: American Communism today -- The old left-new left Nexus -- Retrospect and outlook.
Summary: From a height of almost 100,000 members during the Depression, when politicians, workers, and intellectuals were drawn into its orbit, the American Communist Party has descended into irrelevance and isolation, failing even to run a presidential candidate in 1988. Indeed, as Guenter Lewy writes in this critical account of American Communism, despite decades of feverish activity and ferocious discipline, it was a cause doomed to fail from the very beginning. In The Cause that Failed, Lewy offers an incisive narrative of the American Communist Party from the days of John Reed to the advent of gla.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-345) and index.

1: History of an encounter -- Early years: isolation and internal strife -- Progressives, socialists, and the united front -- The theory and practice of front organizations -- The "red decade" -- World War II: demise and rebirth of the popular front -- Liberal anticommunism during the Cold War era -- The revival of anti-anticommunism -- 2: Organizational response: cooperation with, acceptance or exclusion of Communists -- The American civil liberties union through changing times -- The peace movement: the difficulty of learning from experience -- The travail of progressivism -- The committee of a sane nuclear policy: from center to left -- The nonexclusionary policy triumphant: SDS and the movement against the Vietnam War -- 3: American Communism today -- The old left-new left Nexus -- Retrospect and outlook.

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From a height of almost 100,000 members during the Depression, when politicians, workers, and intellectuals were drawn into its orbit, the American Communist Party has descended into irrelevance and isolation, failing even to run a presidential candidate in 1988. Indeed, as Guenter Lewy writes in this critical account of American Communism, despite decades of feverish activity and ferocious discipline, it was a cause doomed to fail from the very beginning. In The Cause that Failed, Lewy offers an incisive narrative of the American Communist Party from the days of John Reed to the advent of gla.

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