called milk for Hottentots. Their opponents, the liberals of
containment, accepted eventually an internationalism based on
guns for Hottentots. The Hottentots, the poor and oppressed
in America and the world, have seen the program of the triumphant American century and responded to the violence behind it with their own violence. The program of the people's
century, as we have seen, was never seriously tried. Within
the context of modern American capitalism, it was nothing
more than a fascinating and courageous false consciousness.
In a democratic socialist America, the America that John
Dewey finally saw as the only way to redeem both the nation
and the liberal tradition, it would have meaning. As Americans
force their way out of the political strait jacket created by
containment and move toward the possibilities of democratic
socialist reconstruction, they may rediscover and vindicate
their country's idea of freedom and the Century of the Common Man.
HAW to James Pappathanasi, July 4, 1965,
Gifts, 1960-1965, University of Iowa 1943), p. 96.
Lord Russell, ed., The Century of the Common Man ( New York,
MacDougall, Gideon's Army, III, p. 883.
HAW to Davidson, December 22, 1948, Jo Davidson Papers, Box 6,
LC; Interview with John Abt, January 3, 1969.
HAW, Address, Progressive Party Caucus For Peace, April 4, 1949,
Progressive Party Papers (henceforth PP Papers), Box 4, Folder 4, University of Iowa.
HAW, Testimony Before Senate Foreign Relations Committee, May 5, 1949, p. 1, PP Papers, Box 2, Folder 1.
New York Post, September 16, 1949.
HAW, Address, New York City, April 27, 1949, p. 4, PP Papers,
Box 2, Folder 1; HAW, Address, Philadelphia, October 27, 1949, p. 6, PP Papers, Box 2, Folder 1.
9 Ibid., p. 2; HAW, Address, March 27, 1949, p. 7, PP Papers, Box 2,
Folder 4. 10
"HAW", Cooperation For the General Welfare, pp. 1-3, in Committee to Frame a World Constitution Papers, Box 32, Folder 1, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; HAW, Address, Chicago, November 18, 1949, p. 3, PP Papers, Box 2, Folder 1.
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Book title: The Rise and Fall of the People's Century: Henry A. Wallace and American Liberalism, 1941-1948.
Contributors: Norman D. Markowitz - Author.
Publisher: Free Press.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1973.
Page number: 328.
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