"American Democratic Socialism" by Gary Dorrien

American Democratic Socialism History, Politics, Religion, and Theory Gary Dorrien

Publication date:
09 Nov 2021
Yale University Press
744 pages: 235 x 156mm
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The United States is witnessing a surge of democratic socialism, a reflection of a widespread recognition that global capitalism works only for a minority and is harming the planet’s ecology. This history of American democratic socialism from its beginning to the present day begins with radical democrats of the early American republic and tracks the American refashioning of a European idea. It tells a story about socialists who founded the Republican Party and the first American socialist organizations, emphasizing that women and African Americans came to socialist activism mostly through Christian socialism, as did leaders of the first great hope of radical industrial unionism, the Knights of Labor.
Comprehensive, deeply researched and highly original, this book offers an impressive synthesis of secular and religious socialisms, detailing both their intellectual and their organizational histories.

Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University. His previous books with Yale University Press include The New Abolition, Breaking White Supremacy, and Social Democracy in the Making. He lives in New York City.

"Gary Dorrien is the greatest theological ethicist of the twenty-first century, our most compelling political theologian, and one of the most gifted historians of ideas in the world. His American Democratic Socialism is a work of astonishing erudition."—Michael Eric Dyson, author of Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America

“The book highlights Dorrien's striking thinking as a strategist in the fight for socialism as well as a superb historian who brings the role of religion into the center of the story.”—Richard Healey, Senior Advisor, Grassroots Policy Project