Martyrs of the Early American Left

Inez Milholland, Randolph Bourne and John Reed

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About the Book

Uniquely intertwining the stories of three leading early twentieth century radical Americans, this book presents the enthralling tale of the too-short lives of Inez Milholland, Randolph Bourne and John Reed. This collective biography highlights the movements, causes and personal experiences that drew such privileged individuals to the American left, willing to sacrifice comfortable circumstances and opportunities. Operating as writers and activists, the trio became leading spokespersons for feminism, sexual liberation, unions, civil liberties, pacifism, internationalism, socialism, anarchism and, in Reed’s case, communism.
Determinedly challenging capitalism, patriarchy and the nation-state, the independently-minded Milholland, Bourne and Reed possessed a twofold commitment to personal liberation and community—interclass and transnational. With their early deaths, they left behind personal models for acting, living, thinking afresh and standing as cultural and political radicals in early twentieth century America. In the process, they became martyrs to the very movements they championed.

About the Author(s)

Professor emeritus of history and american studies from California State University, Chico, Robert C. Cottrell is the author of over twenty books. These include recent studies of the counterculture, 1968, American radicalism, black baseball and the World War II smokejumpers.

Bibliographic Details

Robert C. Cottrell
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9149-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4922-1
Imprint: McFarland