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The "Chinese Connection" to American Radicalism

The "Chinese Connection" to American Radicalism The "Chinese Connection" to American Radicalism Karen G a r n e r University of Texas at A u s t i n In identifying sources of American radicalism, scholars have at- tached great importance to the influence of European socialist thought as well as to an indigenous American socialist tradition g r o u n d e d in a zealous Protestant Christianity that preached the necessity of creating the Kingdom of God on earth. The rise of the Chinese C o m m u n i s t m o v e m e n t in the 1920s, 1930s, a n d 1940s, however, constitutes a third source of inspiration to American radicals, influencing the political t h i n k i n g a n d b e h a v i o r of Earl Browder, H a r o l d Isaacs, Frederick Vanderbilt Field, Grace a n d Max Granich, Agnes Smedley, and A n n a Louise Strong, to n a m e just a few better-known individuals.1 Included in this company, M a u d Muriel Russell (1893-1989) led an extraordi- nary life of social a n d political http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American-East Asian Relations Brill

The "Chinese Connection" to American Radicalism

Journal of American-East Asian Relations , Volume 3 (2): 127 – Jan 1, 1994

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Brill
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© 1994 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1058-3947
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1876-5610
DOI
10.1163/187656194X00021
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Abstract

The "Chinese Connection" to American Radicalism Karen G a r n e r University of Texas at A u s t i n In identifying sources of American radicalism, scholars have at- tached great importance to the influence of European socialist thought as well as to an indigenous American socialist tradition g r o u n d e d in a zealous Protestant Christianity that preached the necessity of creating the Kingdom of God on earth. The rise of the Chinese C o m m u n i s t m o v e m e n t in the 1920s, 1930s, a n d 1940s, however, constitutes a third source of inspiration to American radicals, influencing the political t h i n k i n g a n d b e h a v i o r of Earl Browder, H a r o l d Isaacs, Frederick Vanderbilt Field, Grace a n d Max Granich, Agnes Smedley, and A n n a Louise Strong, to n a m e just a few better-known individuals.1 Included in this company, M a u d Muriel Russell (1893-1989) led an extraordi- nary life of social a n d political

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Journal of American-East Asian RelationsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1994

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