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University of Louisiana - Lafayette - Assistant/Associate Professor, 
Latin American History


Did social democracy and communism merge in the New Left?

I have been trying to date the moment in US history when old time communists started writing like social democrats (Hobsbawm's tetralogy comes to mind).

It would seem to me that the New Left movements of the 1960s made the merger, as it focused on Leninist diagnoses of imperialism, as opposed to earlier forms of Marxism that viewed the bourgeoisie as a progressive class insofar as it developed the productive forces.

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Gerald Horne
Stephen Schwartz

Schwartz on Horne, 'Red Seas: Ferdinand Smith and Radical Black Sailors in the United States and Jamaica'

Gerald Horne. Red Seas: Ferdinand Smith and Radical Black Sailors in the United States and Jamaica. New York: New York University Press, 2005. xv + 359 pp. $45.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8147-3668-5.

Reviewed by Stephen Schwartz (Executive Director, Center for Islamic Pluralism, Washington, DC) Published on H-HOAC (January, 2008)

Red Pleas