According to public opinion data over the past decade, most Americans hold center-left attitudes regarding key economic and social policy issues. Recent polls even show significant support of ""socialism"" among American adults, especially self-identified Democrats and the ""millennial generation."" At the same time, the mass media focuses on a widespread right-wing ""populism,"" while movements on the left seem to lack political clout. In order to better understand this dichotomy, this book explores relations between organized labor and left-wing parties and movements in America at crucial junctures from the 1870s to the present. Providing fresh insight into current political developments, it highlights emerging alternatives and major challenges facing labor and the left today.
Mel van Elteren is associate professor of social sciences at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on the social sciences, social history, cultural history and American studies.