The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism (Google eBook)

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Verso Books, Mar 21, 2011 - Political Science
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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.

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This is a great book--a well-aimed rebuke to those many millions of victims of a massive propaganda effort who think that socialism is un-American, unhealthy, or irrelevant.


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Thomas Paine and the Promise of Red Republicanism
Utopian Socialists German Communists and Other Republicans
The Socialism That Did Happen Here
How Socialists Saved the First Amendment
The Militant Radical Socialist Who Dared to Dream of a March on Washington
But What about Democratic Left Politics?
A Note on Sources

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About the author (2011)

John Nichols is the Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine, a contributing writer for the Progressive and In These Times, and the associate editor of Madison, Wisconsin’s Capital Times. He’s the author of several books, including The Death and Life of American Journalism, The Genius of Impeachment and The “S” Word.