The past five years have given rise to two remarkable developments in the history of American socialism: the growth of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) to over 50,000 members and the two campaigns of U.S. senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed progressive and democratic socialist, for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States. This growth has prompted comparisons with many phases in the history of the American left: with the abolitionist movement; with the Progressive movement; with the Socialist Party of America led by Eugene V. Debs; with the New Deal coalition led by Franklin Delano Roosevelt; with the 1950s-1960s New Left; and with the 1960s-1980s New Communist Movement. A new generation of millennial socialist activists and academics, in dialogue with American leftists of two or three generations prior, has motivated a widespread and serious reconsideration of the history of the American and international left.
Join a diverse group of historians in discussion! Panelists include Pamela C. Nogales (New York University), Reid Kane Kotlas (Independent researcher), Marco Aurelio Torres (University of Chicago), Edward Remus (Northeastern Illinois University Library), and Spencer A. Leonard (University of Virginia).