It Didn't Happen Here

It Didn't Happen Here

Why Socialism Failed In The United States

Book - 2000
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Parties calling themselves Socialist, Social-Democratic, Labor, or Communist have been major forces in every democratic country in the world, yet they have played a surprisingly insignificant role in American politics. Why the United States, the most developed capitalist industrial society and hence, ostensibly, fertile ground for socialism, should constitute an exception has been a critical question of American history and political development.

In this probing work the authors draw on rich contrasts with other English-speaking countries and extensive comparisons within the United States at the state and city levels, eschewing conventional explanations of socialism's demise to present a fuller understanding of how multiple factors -- political structure, American values, and the split between the Socialist party and mainstream unions -- combined to seal socialism's fate. Further chapters examine the distinctive character of American trade unions, immigration and the fragmentation of the American working class, socialist strategies, and repression, concluding with a penetrating analysis of American political exceptionalism up to the present day.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393040982
Branch Call Number: 335.00973
Characteristics: 379 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Marks, Gary 1952-


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