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It didn't happen here : why socialism failed in the United States

Author: Seymour Martin Lipset; Gary Marks
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This work sheds light on the chief factors that explain the failure of socialists to establish a durable party in the United States and provides greater insights into American society and politics. Drawing on rich contrasts with other industrialized countries and extensive comparisons within the United States at the state and city level, the authors eschew conventional explanations of socialism's demise to present  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Seymour Martin Lipset; Gary Marks
ISBN: 0393040984 9780393040982 0393322548 9780393322545
OCLC Number: 43403442
Description: 379 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: An exceptional nation --
The American party system --
The split between unions and the Socialist party --
Immigrants and socialism: double-edged effects --
Sectarians vs. reformists: were socialists undermined by their own strategy? --
Socialist sectarianism and communist opportunism in the thirties --
Political repression and socialism --
The end of political exceptionalism?
Responsibility: Seymour Martin Lipset and Gary Marks.
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Why socialism has failed to play a significant role in the United States has been a critical question of American history and political development. This study surveys the various explanations for  Read more...

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