communism http://wamc.org en "Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal" http://wamc.org/post/rethinking-1950s-how-anticommunism-and-cold-war-made-america-liberal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Historians generally portray the </span>1950s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as a conservative era when </span>anticommunism<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the Cold War subverted domestic reform, crushed political dissent, and ended liberal dreams of social democracy. These years, historians tell us, represented a turn to the right, a negation of New Deal liberalism, an end to reform.</span></p><p>Jennifer Delton argues that, far from subverting the New Deal state, anticommunism and the Cold War enabled, fulfilled, and even surpassed the New Deal's reform agenda. Anticommunism solidified liberal political power and the Cold War justified liberal goals such as jobs creation, corporate regulation, economic redevelopment, and civil rights.</p><p>In her book, <em>Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal</em>, Skidmore College History Professor Jennifer Delton shows how despite President Eisenhower's professed conservatism, he maintained the highest tax rates in U.S. history, expanded New Deal programs, and supported major civil rights reforms.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81506 at http://wamc.org "Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal" "Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson" by Barbara Ransby http://wamc.org/post/eslanda-large-and-unconventional-life-mrs-paul-robeson-barbara-ransby <p>Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life. Her career and commitments took her many places: colonial Africa in 1936, the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, the founding meeting of the United Nations, Nazi-occupied Berlin, Stalin's Russia, and China two months after Mao's revolution. She was a woman of unusual accomplishment—an anthropologist, a prolific journalist, a tireless advocate of women's rights, an outspoken anti-colonial and antiracist activist, and an internationally sought-after speaker.</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 57383 at http://wamc.org "Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson" by Barbara Ransby "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe" by Anne Applebaum http://wamc.org/post/iron-curtain-crushing-eastern-europe-anne-applebaum <p>Anne Appllebaum is a columnist for <em>The Washington Post</em> and <em>Slate</em>. Her book, <em>Gulag</em>, won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and was a finalist for three other major prizes. Her essays appear in <em>The New York Review of Books</em>, <em>Slate</em>, and <em>The London Spectator</em>.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 53070 at http://wamc.org "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe" by Anne Applebaum