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History Bookshelf: Mid-Twentieth Century American Communism

Santa Clara, California
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ronald Radosh discusses his book, “Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left.” In his presentation from 2001, Radosh describes his political upbringing in a Jewish Communist community during the 1950s and 60s, and his eventual break from Communist ideology. 

Updated: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 3:08pm (ET)

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