Tribute to Michael Harrington

Tribute to Michael Harrington

In 1955 Mike came up to Brandeis to confer with the ten members of the progressive political club. There was plenty of left-minded political passion on the campus, but few saw hope for active politics in those Eisenhower years. Mike brought us more optimistic news. Speaking with a tremendous flow of energy, information, and analysis, he told us his travels had convinced him that a coalition of farmers and workers was about to rise again and dominate the 1956 elections.

Coming from Indiana, where these same signs had eluded me, I had my doubts. Perhaps I was young and snotty enough to think that the nuts and bolts of organizing were more boring than the lofty historical theories that passed about me day and night.


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