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A Voice Still HeardSelected Essays of Irving Howe$
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Irving Howe and Nina Howe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203660

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203660.001.0001

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Introduction: Twenty-five Years of Dissent {1979}

Introduction: Twenty-five Years of Dissent {1979}

(p.198) Introduction: Twenty-five Years of Dissent {1979}
A Voice Still Heard

Irving Howe

Yale University Press

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1979 essay on the occasion of Dissent's twenty-fifth anniversary. Dissent was a democratic socialist quarterly whose work Howe places in a historical context in his introduction. After discussing the story of the left in America and the emergence of Debsian socialism prior to World War I, Howe talks about how socialists of the 1930s addressed the problem of Stalinism. He then explains how Dissent, which started as a quarterly in winter 1954, arose out of the decomposition of the socialist movement of the period. Howe ends his essay by outlining two problems of social analysis that concerned the magazine: Stalinism and welfare state.

Keywords:   socialism, Irving Howe, Dissent, left, America, Stalinism, social analysis, welfare state

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