Editor’s response

The answer would require more space than we have here. The Socialist Party in the early twentieth century was a far bigger party in the United States than it is today, though for reasons too numerous to explain here, socialism never had as much influence in the U.S. working class as it did in Europe. We recommend readers start with Sharon Smith’s book Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States (Haymarket Books, 2005).

Issue #79

September 2011

Egypt's unfinished revolution

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  • The great fear revisited

    Joe Allen reviews The Fear Within: Spies, Commies, and American Democracy on Trial by Scott Martelle
  • Before Montgomery

    Elizabeth Schulte reviews At the Dark End of the Street: A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. Mcguire
  • Inequality is the policy

    Lance Selfa reviews Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson

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    Jason Netek reviews The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development by MIchael Lebowitz