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The American LeftIts Impact on Politics and Society since 1900$
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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748668878

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668878.001.0001

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The Reputation of the American Left

The Reputation of the American Left

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Reputation of the American Left
The American Left

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Edinburgh University Press

Explaining the reputation of the left for failure helps make credible the idea of its success. The relative absence of a free press in America meant little credit was given to the left for its successes. The tendency of conservatives to exaggerate the potency of the left helped to balance this. But the left’s tendency to minimize its own achievements had an impact on its reputation both at home and abroad.

Keywords:   conservatives, credibility, free press, reputation, successes

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