The Search for a Useable Past: An Interview with Paul Buhle on Radical America

“In 1967, Paul Buhle founded Rad­i­cal Amer­ica. The jour­nal pub­lished sophis­ti­cated inves­ti­ga­tions of the strug­gles of the day, from black lib­er­a­tion to fem­i­nism; intro­duced Amer­i­can read­ers to a wide range of polit­i­cal cur­rents, such as Ital­ian autonomism; and explored Amer­i­can rad­i­cal his­tory, par­tic­u­larly the 1930s, for inspi­ra­tion. In this inter­view, Paul Buhle dis­cusses the his­tor­i­cal con­junc­ture that gave rise to the project, the journal’s aims, and the Amer­i­can rad­i­cal tra­di­tion. Most of the journal’s issues have been dig­i­tized...”

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