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A Hard Rain FellSDS and Why it Failed$
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David Barber

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110171

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110171.001.0001

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The New Left and the American Empire, 1962–1968

The New Left and the American Empire, 1962–1968

(p.52) Chapter Two The New Left and the American Empire, 1962–1968
A Hard Rain Fell

David Barber

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores how the Students for a Democratic Society’ (SDS) came to understand the United States as an empire. It discusses how New Leftists saw in U.S. policy the outlines of a great empire protecting itself in Vietnam. Meetings with Vietnamese and Cuban revolutionaries reinforced the vision that the needs of American empire drove the Vietnam War. Meetings with Third World revolutionaries also gave New Leftists a sense of the “enemy” as profoundly human and as struggling for the positive goal of self-determination.

Keywords:   Students for a Democratic Society, SDS, Vietnam War, US policy, self-determination

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