The Left in the Thirties

Cook, Donald
August 1955
New Republic;8/1/55, Vol. 133 Issue 5, p19
The article focuses on the book "Part of Our Time: Some Monuments and Ruins of the Thirties," by Murray Kempton. Among the many Americans who became engaged in left-wing politics during the thirties, some were primarily Communists and some were not. About this distinction Kempton groups a series of contrasting studies in the personal and political development of some representative American radicals. The Communists are seen as persons captured by rhetoric of discontent, unified mainly by a sense of the enemy and not to be appeased by the earthly detail of positive accomplishments.


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