The Politics of Authenticity: Liberalism, Christianity, and the New Left in America

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Columbia University Press, 1999 - History - 500 pages
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Doug Rossinow presents here a vital reevaluation of the origins and aims of the new left student movement that arose in the 1960s. Focusing on the University of Texas at Austin, Rossinow shows how questions of race, class, gender, and religion all came to bear on the politics of radical white students, informing their collective search for social justice and their personal quests for authenticity. This book is sure to be a useful and insightful resource for historians of American culture and politics, and for general readers who seek to understand this chapter of American radicalism.

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Rossinow's project is too turn the bottom up approach of new left history onto the movement itself to rescue the movement from now stale arguments about the connections between the new and old left ... Read full review

The politics of authenticity: liberalism, Christianity, and the New Left in America

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"A search for authenticity in industrial American life"--that's what historian Rossinow (history, Metropolitan State Univ.) has identified as the main thrust of the New Left movement that powered the ... Read full review


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Breakthrough The Relevance of Christian Existentialism
The Issues of Life The University YMCAYWCA and Christian Liberalism
To Be Radical Now Civil Rights Protest and Leftward Movement
These People Were from America The New Left Revisited
Against Rome The New Left and the Vietnam War
This Whole Screwy Alliance The New Left and the Counterculture
The Revolution Is Yet to Come The Feminist Left
From the Politics of Authenticity to the Politics of Identity

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