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Trotskyism in the United States
Historical Essays and Reconsiderations
An outstanding set of informative essays, providing an unsurpassed account of the dynamic revolutionary socialist current known as American Trotskyism.

In the new edition of this definitive work on the history of the revolutionary socialist current in the United States that came to be identified as "American Trotskyism," Paul Le Blanc offers fresh reflections on this history for scholars and activists in the twenty-first century. Includes a preface written especially for the new edition of this distinctive work.

Paul Le Blanc is a professor of History at La Roche College and author of Choice Award–winning book A Freedom Budget for All Americans.

Reviews
  • "Despite my carpings and criticisms I found Trotskyism in the United States quite fascinating. It should be borne in mind that it was originally published in 1996, and some of its assumptions and conclusions need to be related to the situation twenty years ago. It is useful as a guide to many of the Trotskyist activists, not all of them necessarily well-known. In several ways the lives of the Trotskyists, known or obscure, are more interesting than the now-forgotten policies they endlessly debated and disagreed about. Their experiences, both in and out of “the movement”, say a lot about what was happening in American society generally in the period concerned."
    —Jim Burns, Northern Review of Books

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