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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 Newer Left

The Newer Left

(p.142) Chapter 9 The Newer Left
The American Left

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Edinburgh University Press

The Stonewall confrontation of 1969 ushered in a new agenda for what might be termed the “newer left”. It extended beyond lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) issues. “Multiculturalism” demanded tolerance and respect for all kinds of minorities. Issues now associated with the left included women’s right to choose, sex education, funding for the arts, affirmative action and quotas, opposition to school prayers, anti-surveillance, anti-capital punishment, pro privacy, pro gun control, anti-rendition, and support for anti-global warming measures. The newer left also espoused traditional left causes, such as support for universal medical insurance, and improved public transport. The newer left had an impact on attitudes, but mixed success in achieving its goals.

Keywords:   affirmative action, global warming, gun control, LBGT, multiculturalism, privacy, rendition, right to choose, Stonewall, surveillance

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