The author argues that the failure of the American Left lies in its inability to come to grips with the centrality of race in the American experience. Placing the history of the Left in a comparative context, he broadens our definition of the Left to include public policy and popular culture.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-322) and index.
Acknowledgments; 1. Gateway Blues; 2. Race, Ethnicity, and the Cooperative Commonwealth; 3. Southern Politics and the Unmaking of the American Left; 4. Beyond the Left I: A New Deal for an Old Social Issue; 5. Beyond the Left II: Making the Public Good; 6. Memphis Diversities: Race, Class, Identity, and Popular Culture; 7. Making Love in America; Notes; Bibliography; Index.