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Making Sense of American Liberalism$
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Jonathan Bell and Timothy Stanley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036866

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036866.001.0001

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Partners for Progress?

Partners for Progress?

Liberals and Radicals in the Long Twentieth Century

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(p.17) 1 Partners for Progress?
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Making Sense of American Liberalism
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Doug Rossinow

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036866.003.0002

This chapter argues that from the Popular Front of the 1930s and 1940s through the anti-Vietnam War movement and the “new politics” of the 1960s and 1970s, liberals and leftists worked together to strengthen individual political and social rights. They sought to advance the interests of the industrial working class within the framework of liberal capitalist society, and to oppose war and empire. The chapter also describes the left edge of the liberal political tradition across the broad sweep of industrial U.S. history, revealing both the way in which the radical left provided idealistic, sometimes utopian fuel for liberal reform projects, as well as the broad influence of liberal ideas on the political left in the United States.

Keywords:   Popular Front, new politics, liberals, leftists, industrial working class, liberal capitalist society, liberal reform projects

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