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Utopia and reality; a collective portrait of American socialists.

Author: Betty Yorburg
Publisher: New York, Columbia University Press, 1969.
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Based on the tape-recorded reminiscences of 34 former and present leaders of the Socialist Party of America, this book adds a new dimension to the understanding of American socialism. By quoting and interpreting the views of the leaders she interviewed, Betty Yorburg reveals the significance of the movement in the lives of its adherents. They describe in their own words how they came to join the Party and how Party  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Sources
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Betty Yorburg
OCLC Number: 27201
Notes: "Product of a series of tape-recorded interviews conducted ... in 1965 and 1966, with present and former leaders of the Socialist Party of America."
Description: x, 198 pages 23 cm
Contents: I: Self-images. Idealism ; Dedication ; Morality ; Sensitivity ; Flexibility and tolerance ; Intellectualism --
Ii: The decision to join. Reading ; Economic deprivation ; Family ; Peer group influences ; Exposure to leaders ; Personal or psychological factors --
III: The failure of socialism in America. Reasons for failure ; Evaluations of failure ; Generational perspectives ; It did not fail --
IV. The future of socialism in America. Present conceptions of socialism ; The future of socialism in America ; On realignment ; On major social problems ; On the New Left.

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Based on the tape-recorded reminiscences of 34 former and present leaders of the Socialist Party of America, this book adds a new dimension to the understanding of American socialism. By quoting and interpreting the views of the leaders she interviewed, Betty Yorburg reveals the significance of the movement in the lives of its adherents. They describe in their own words how they came to join the Party and how Party membership changed their lives; they give their views on themselves and the world in which they live, and their opinion of why socialism failed in America. The change in attitude toward the Party among successively younger groups of leaders revealed in their comments provides fresh insight into the gradual decline of the Party's formal political activity. The author points out and analyzes trends and differences in the thinking of the three generations of leaders whom she interviewed and interprets these differences in terms of certain changes in American society during the 20th century. She also sketches the social setting of American political protest in the twentieth century and outlines the rise of the Socialist Party. The book concludes with a treatment of current views on socialism and its probable future, especially in relation to political movements and major problems of society.--Adapted from book jacket.

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