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Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States

Julia L. Mickenberg


At the height of the Cold War, dozens of radical and progressive writers, illustrators, editors, librarians, booksellers, and teachers cooperated to create and disseminate children's books that challenged the status quo. This book provides the first historic overview of their work. Spanning from the 1920s, when both children's book publishing and American Communism were becoming significant on the American scene, to the late 1960s, when youth who had been raised on many of the books in this study unequivocally rejected the values of the Cold War, this book shows how “radical” values and ideas ... More

Keywords: librarians, school, children's book publishing, McCarthyism, Old Left, New Left, Communism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195152807
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia L. Mickenberg, author
University of Texas, Austin
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