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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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Early Achievers on the American Left

Early Achievers on the American Left

(p.27) Chapter 3 Early Achievers on the American Left
The American Left

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter assesses the impact on politics and society of a selection of left-wing personalities in the era from the late 1890s to 1920. Jack London wrote a critique of US imperialism in 1898; John Dewey offered a new educational philosophy in 1899; Florence Kelley launched consumer politics in the same year; Robert Hunter inserted the poverty line into social discourse in 1904; Upton Sinclair savaged the meat packing industry in 1906; W.E.B. Du Bois helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909; the execution of Joe Hill in 1915 immortalized his protest songs; Emma Goldman and Margaret Sanger went to prison in 1916 for advocating contraception; Eugene Debs went to prison in 1919 for his opposition to World War I; Roger Nash Baldwin founded the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1920.

Keywords:   ACLU, consumer, contraception, education, Eugene Debs, imperialism, NAACP, poverty

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