Beat Publics and the “Middle-Aged” Left

Todd F. Tietchen

in Cubalogues

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813035208
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039633 | DOI:
Beat Publics and the “Middle-Aged” Left

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This chapter centers on journalist Marc Schleifer's epilogue to Negroes with Guns and his own “Cuban Notebook,” both of which he composed while interviewing Williams in Havana. Schleifer's work from the period documented the Beats' importance to the emerging rationales of the New Left while situating them within a longer intellectual and institutional history. Toward this end, this chapter contains an extended explication of the historical and institutional roots of Cold War liberalism, forged as they were by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., within the cauldron of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. During his tenure within the OSS, Schlesinger, Jr., who later played a pivotal role in formulating the Kennedy administration's policies toward Cuba, helped conceptualize the rationales of Cold War liberalism in response to his lingering anxieties over the 1930s Popular Front and Latin American political movements such as the Bolivian Revolution of 1943.

Keywords: Marc Schleifer; epilogue; New Left; Cold War liberalism; World War II; Office of Strategic Services

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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