Is There No Democratic Left in America? Reflections on the Transformation of an Ideology

  title={Is There No Democratic Left in America? Reflections on the Transformation of an Ideology},
  author={Alonzo L. Hamby},
  journal={Journal of Policy History},
  pages={25 - 3}
  • A. Hamby
  • Published 4 March 2003
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Policy History
Historians historicize. They attempt to understand the present and make educated guesses about the future by looking to the past. This attempt at prognosticating “the future of the democratic left” primarily in the United States begins with a broad-brush history of “the left” as equalitarian idea and political movement in the modern world, examines its development in the United States within a context of “American exceptionalism,” discusses its transformation in the 1960s, and assays its… 
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