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American Democratic Socialism: History, Politics, Religion, and Theory

Gary Dorrien


The USA has a rich tradition of democratic socialism despite its long tradition of denigrating democratic socialism as un-American. The former American tradition has sought to Americanize democratic socialism by speaking the language of individual liberty, trying to build a coalition party of the democratic left, and grappling with American racism, cultural diversity, exceptionalist mythology, and activist religion. Democratic socialists founded the nation’s first industrial unions, proposed every plank of what became the New Deal, and played leading roles in the civil rights movement. Today d ... More

Keywords: Democratic socialism, Religious socialism, Social Democracy, American radicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300253764
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300253764.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Dorrien, author
Union Theological Seminary / Columbia University