Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate

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ISSN / EISSN : 1192-1927 / 1913-9632
Current Publisher: York University Libraries (10.25071)
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Hannah Anneliese Bailey
Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate, Volume 23; doi:10.25071/1913-9632.39578

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This article looks at the eugenic sterilization in the United States in the twentieth century through the lens of race and property ownership. In Kansas specifically, sterilization was sensationalized in the media amidst two events that showcased contradictory understandings of white girlhood in the liberal eugenic era. Sterilization was championed in 1917 after a young white girl was raped and murdered, and then decried two decades later in 1937 when a senator uncovered a (legal) sterilization campaign at a girls' reformatory. I argue that these competing representations of white girlhood resulted from larger-scale societal anxieties about womens' expanding property ownership and voting rights in the twentieth century. Further, I analyze representations of race in the Girls' Industrial School in Beloit, Kansas to show how Black girls in the institution were understood as inherently criminal in a way that validated the ultimate "reformability" of white girls from eugenecist understandings of class and sexuality amongst white youth.
Adam Tomasi
Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate, Volume 23; doi:10.25071/1913-9632.39577

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Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the preeminent organization of the American New Left, is understood by scholars to have led resistance to the Vietnam War up until the split between the Maoist Progressive Labor (PL) and Revolutionary Youth Movement (RYM) at the 1969 convention. Countercultural anarchist participation in non-student chapters of SDS during the late 1960s, and the organization’s civil rights coalition that included anarchists during the early 1960s, remain under-studied. The New Left’s major project, globally, was the search for new answers to ongoing revolutionary questions by returning to – and reinventing – radical traditions from the past, such as anarchism. This essay argues that countercultural anarchism had a formative influence on SDS’s early history, radical evolution, and coalitions outside the campus, and consequently helped define the New Left as a whole.
Dalton Rawcliffe
Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate, Volume 23; doi:10.25071/1913-9632.39582

Donald Yacovone
Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate, Volume 23; doi:10.25071/1913-9632.39579

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Because of its place in American and world literature, The Education of Henry Adams has become enormously influential, but we have not fully understood the full scope of its impact, its subversive contexts, and Adams’s role in sustaining and furthering white supremacy. Indeed, although most of the text is devoted to the era of the American Civil War and Reconstruction, Adams never employed the term. More importantly, because of the intensity of his racism and anti-Semitism, he dismissed the era that was dominated by strife over the nation’s future and the African American role in it as one simply overwhelmed with sordid political corruption, which had its origins in alleged Jewish intrigue both in the United States and Europe. By examining the background to Adams’s work and his brilliant ingenuity, we can more fully understand what Adams sought to accomplish and how. Neither an autobiography nor a history, Adams crafted a “trickster” novel to devalue African Americans and attack Jewish life. He wrote, perhaps, the most ingenious and dangerous book of the fin de siècle.
Mack Penner
Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate, Volume 23; doi:10.25071/1913-9632.39580

Ravi Malhotra
Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate, Volume 23; doi:10.25071/1913-9632.39581

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