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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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New Styles in “Leftism” {1965}

New Styles in “Leftism” {1965}

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(p.46) New Styles in “Leftism” {1965}
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A Voice Still Heard
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Irving Howe

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0006

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1965 political essay “New Styles in Leftism,” in which he launches an assault on “new leftism” and its unmitigated radicalism. He first describes the background conditions that seem to promote radicalism among America's youth before turning to the disintegration of American radicalism and its impact on many ideologues such as Stalinism, Marxism-Leninism, and black nationalism. Howe then examines the emergence of a new kind of young militants, both whites and Negroes, on campus and in the civil rights movement. He ends his essay by sketching a portrait of the new leftists and their involvement in American politics.

Keywords:   new leftism, Irving Howe, radicalism, youth, ideologues, militants, whites, Negroes, civil rights movement, politics

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