Maurice Isserman

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Maurice Isserman

Maurice Isserman teaches history at Hamilton College. A Democratic Socialists of America member, he is author of If I Had a Hammer: The Death of the Old Left and Birth of the New and co-author of Dorothy Healey Remembers: A Life in the American Communist Party[1].

"Socialism in America" conference

In late 1984, more than 700 people attended a conference at Princeton "Socialism in America" to mark the centenary of the birth of Norman Thomas.

The conference was organized by historians Gary Gerstle, Peter Mandler and Sean Wilentz.

Speaker included Michael Harrington, Maurice Isserman, Irving Howe, H. L. Mitchell, Millie Jeffrey, Harry Fleischman, Ben McLaurin, and Frances Fox Piven. [2]

DSA member

In 1989, Maurice Isserman was a member of Democratic Socialists of America. [3]

Communist Party history

Maurice Isserman of Democratic Socialists of America , a "respected historian of the left" at Hamilton College, has written Which Side Are You On?: The American Communist Party in the Second World War; If I Had a Hammer, The Death of the Old Left and Birth of the New Left; and The Civil War of the 1960s, with coauthor Michael Kazin.[4]

DSA’s Cuba Letter

Maurice Isserman signed an April 2003 Statement on Cuba, initiated and circulated[5] by prominent Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.

“a statement circulating among democratic left/socialist folks, largely by members of Democratic Socialists of America, condemning the recent trials and convictions of non-violent dissenters in Cuba”.

The petition criticized Cuba's poor human rights record, but shared the blame for Cuba's problems with reactionary elements of the U.S. administration...

The democratic left worldwide has opposed the U.S. embargo on Cuba as counterproductive, more harmful to the interests of the Cuban people than helpful to political democratization. The Cuban state's current repression of political dissidents amounts to collaboration with the most reactionary elements of the U.S. administration in their efforts to maintain sanctions and to institute even more punitive measures against Cuba.

Many of the petition's 120 odd signatories were known members of DSA.

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