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'Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States.
Fri, April 7, 2006 • 7:00 PM • BookPeople, 6th and Lamar.
EVENT: Julia L. Mickenberg, assistant professor of American studies at The University of Texas at Austin, will read passages from her book, "Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States."BACKGROUND: At the height of the Cold War, dozens of radical and progressive writers, illustrators, editors, librarians, booksellers and teachers cooperated to create and disseminate children's books that challenged the status quo. "Learning from the Left" provides the first historic overview of their work. Spanning from the 1920s, when children's book publishing and American Communism were becoming significant on the American scene, to the late 1960s, when youth who had been raised on many of the books in this study unequivocally rejected the values of the Cold War, "Learning from the Left" shows how "radical" values and ideas that have now become mainstream (including cooperation, interracial friendship, critical thinking, the dignity of labor, feminism, and the history of marginalized people), were communicated to children in repressive times.