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Concluding Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist

I finished W.A. Swanberg’s Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist, which is about six-time Socialist Presidential candidate Norman Thomas. Swanberg closes the book with Thomas’ death in 1968.  Swanberg says that Thomas appealed to people’s better angels and got some results, … Continue reading

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Norman Thomas and the Anti-War Movement

My latest reading of W.A. Swanberg’s Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist was about Thomas’ views on the anti-war movement in the 1960’s.  Norman Thomas was a six-time Socialist candidate for President of the United States. Thomas was opposed to the … Continue reading

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Thomas the Public Speaker

On page 447 of Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist, which is a biography of six-time Socialist candidate for President Norman Thomas, W.A. Swanberg quotes New Republic editor Bruce Bliven’s assessment in 1963 of Norman Thomas’ public speaking abilities: “He has … Continue reading

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Persuasion; National Institution

I have three items on my latest reading of W.A. Swanberg’s Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist.  Norman Thomas was a six-time Socialist candidate for President of the United States. 1.  I wondered in my last post how Thomas proposed to … Continue reading

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Non-Partisanship, Military Stimulus, and Kennedy’s Religion

I have three items for my write-up today on W.A. Swanberg’s biography of six-time Socialist candidate for President, Norman Thomas.  The biography is entitled Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist. 1.  Swanberg narrates that Thomas’ newspaper column eventually came to lose … Continue reading

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Norman Thomas on Eisenhower, Guatemala, and Kennedy

I have three items for my write-up today on W.A. Swanberg’s biography of Norman Thomas, the six-time Socialist candidate for President of the United States.  The biography is entitled Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist. 1.  Norman Thomas was concerned about … Continue reading

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Norman Thomas vs. William F. Buckley on Those Liberal Professors!

For my write-up today on W.A. Swanberg’s biography of six-time Socialist candidate for President Norman Thomas, entitled Norman Thomas: The Last Idealist, I will discuss Thomas’ interaction with conservative William F. Buckley’s 1951 book, God and Man at Yale.  It … Continue reading

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