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Eli Zaretsky

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 14 March 2012

Philip Dodd with an interview with cultural historian, Eli Zaretsky on his new book, 'Why America needs a Left' in which he argues that the idea of the left has become discredited. Examining three key moments in American history - the Civil War, the New Deal and the civil rights movements since the 1960s - he explores the ways in which the active involvement of the left was indispensable and that, without the left's critical interaction with mainstream liberalism, the Democratic Party has become ineffective.

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