South End Press

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The South End Press was founded in 1977 and has the motto Read. Write. Revolt. They describe themselves on their website as,

an independent, nonprofit, collectively-run book publisher with more than 250 titles in print. Since our founding in 1977, we have met the needs of readers who are exploring, or are already committed to, the politics of radical social change. Our goal is to publish books that encourage critical thinking and constructive action on the key political, cultural, social, economic, and ecological issues shaping life in the United States and in the world. We hope to provide a forum for a wide variety of democratic social movements, and provide an alternative to the practices and products of corporate publishing.

New American Movement

In 1981, the South End Press congratulated the New American Movement on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. They commented,

We congratulate the New American Movement on your ten years of outstanding contributions to socialist theory and practice.[1]


Workers at South End Press included Carl Conetta, Michael Albert, Todd Jailer, Mary Lea, Cynthia Peters, Lydia Sargent, John Schall, Pat Walker.[2]

South End Press Books Listed in the Guardian, November 5, 1986, Guardian Book Supplement, Fall 1986

The South End Press had a full-paged ad listing, with a brief synopsis, of some of their "books for the movement", which were as follows:

  • "Beauty Secrets: Women and the Politics of Appearance", Wendy Chapkis

"Based on recently de-classified "Top Secret" documents, this shocking survey of U.S. plans to wage nuclear war from 1945 to the present demonstrates how the U.S. has brought the world to the brink of nuclear war dozens of times. From the Berlin Crisis through Star Wars, the authors introduce us to the war-planners and trace the evolution of their strategies, technologies and institutions." 400 pp., $11.00

Kaku has a long record of supporting communist and marxist causes for decades, including those of the CPUSA, SWP, WWP and assorted "socialist" organizations. More will be added to his KW site over time.

  • "Vietnam Revisited:Covert Action to Invasion to Reconstruction", David Dellinger

"Having made 6 trips to Vietnam between 1966 and 1985, Dellinger's eyewitness accounts of the nation at war provide a corrective to the rewriting of history in Rambo's America. Vietnam's independence struggle against the French and the U.S., and the current struggle to rebuild, come to life in a way that relates history to current events in Central America, the Mid-East, and in our movements for peace and justice." 232 pp., $9.00

[KW: See Dellinger's page, "Hanoi Lobby" and "Hanoi/North Vietnam Visitors" for more on him}

  • "Common Differences: Conflicts in Black and White Feminist Perspectives", Gloria Joseph and Jill Lewis, 300 pp. $9.00
  • "The Philippines Reader: A History of Colonialism, Neocolonialism, Dictatorship and Resistance", Daniel Schirmer and Steve Shalom, 450 pp., $11.00

Daniel Schirmer was a longtime identified member of the Communist Party USA in Massachusetts (See the testimony of Herbert A. Philbrick in the HCUA hearing on "Communism in Massachusetts", app. 1956). Schirmer was also founder and leader of the pro-Maoist terrorist support group, Friends of the Filipino Peoples , the U.S. support arm of the New Peoples Army.

"Budgets provide a political record of a society. "Inequity and Intervention" examines the direct and indirect social and economic costs of U.S. policy in Central America in the context of the controversy over the federal budget, and shows how the military buildup relates to cuts in spending on human welfare."

  • "The Rules of the Game: American Politics and the Central America Movement", 64 pp. $4.75

"The Rules of the Game" is a provocative inquiry into the evolution, structure, and mechanics of the U.S. political system in historical perspective. The authors explore the differences between the Democratic and Republican parties, and ask: Is either open to non-intervention initiatives? Is there any point in doing electoral work at all?

  • "Under the Big Stick: Nicaragua and the U.S. Since 1848", Karl Bermann, 350 pp. $10.00

"Contemporary U.S. intervention in Nicaragua is the historical rule, not the exception. . . .He concludes with an examination of the Carter and Reagan administrations policies toward the Sandinistas."

  • "Turning The Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace", Noam Chomsky, 300 pp., $10.00
  • "Reagan, Trilateralism, and the Neoliberals: Containment and Intervention in the 1980s", Holly Sklar, 76 pp., $4.75

"An alternative to "The Economic Report of the President" that explains how the U.S. economy can have both growth and democracy; how conservative economics mortgages our future; and why the standard of living is falling. Robert Heilbroner calls it "A powerful indictment of, and a persuasive alternative to, the economics of reaction.""

KW: CPE is a marxist-oriented organization closely associated with URPE while Heilbroner was a longtime marxist economist.

  • "Plant Closures: Myths, Realties and Responses", Gilda Haas, 64 pp., $4.75
  • "Sex and Germs: The Politics of AIDS", Cindy Patton, 200 pp., $9.00

"This book contains seven playscripts, including photos and notes about set design, lighting, etc."

"Not a collection of separate essays, but a collectively authored volume, "Liberating Theory" addresses economics, governance, gender, race and culture in a unique conceptual framework that elevates no single 'oppression' to primary importance. The authors provide a dynamic and inclusive theory capable of explaining our complicated, interconnected society."

(KW: These are some of the top marxists from the 1980s and 90s).

South End Press, 116 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA, 02115

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  1. 10th Anniversary Booklet for the New American Movement, 1981
  2. [The Romance of American Psychology: Political Culture in the Age of Experts By Ellen Herman xii Acknowledgements]