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Reframing 1968American Politics, Protest and Identity$
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Martin Halliwell and Nick Witham

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780748698936

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698936.001.0001

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The New Left: The American Impress

The New Left: The American Impress

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Reframing 1968

Doug Rossinow

Edinburgh University Press

1968 was a climactic year of the New Left’s struggle against the political establishment across a range of countries. This essay reconsiders the American New Left, locating its appearance in both national and transnational contexts and delineating its regional variations and its turbulent shifts in emphasis. It takes 1968 as a hinge point in the New Left’s development, not as its end date, and examines each of the several paths that New Left radicals took after 1968. The chapter addresses the plural quality of the American New Left, its coherence as a movement, and its existence as part of a global upsurge of youth protest and its distinctively American qualities. It also examines the New Left’s legacy in American life fifty years after 1968.

Keywords:   1968, New Left, National and Transnational, Radicalism, Protest Movements, Students for a Democratic Society

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