By Nelson Lichtenstein

For greater than thirty years Nelson Lichtenstein has deployed his scholarship--on exertions, politics, and social thought--to chart the heritage and customers of a revolutionary the US. A Contest of Ideas collects and updates a lot of Lichtenstein's such a lot provocative and arguable essays and reviews.
 

These incisive writings hyperlink the destiny of the hard work flow to the differences within the form of worldwide capitalism, to the increase of the civil rights flow, and to the activists and intellectuals who've performed such very important roles. Tracing huge styles of political suggestion, Lichtenstein bargains very important views at the dating of work and the country, the tensions that usually exist among a tradition of rights and the assumption of cohesion, and the increase of conservatism in politics, legislations, and highbrow lifestyles. the quantity closes with snap shots of 5 activist intellectuals whose paintings has been very important to the conflicts that interact the hard work stream, public coverage, and political culture.

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