Time Essay: An Elegy for the New Left

Nothing can last in America more than ten years.

—Philip Rahv

In 1967, the New Left was just starting to harvest its biggest crops of the newly radicalized. Draft cards and American flags went up in smoke. The Spring Mobilization to End the War in Viet Nam brought together hundreds of thousands of protesters in San Francisco and New York. Dow Chemical's recruiters were driven off campus. Ahead for the movement lay Woodstock, Chicago, Kent State, the Days of Rage ...

Now, ten years later, the children's revolution of the '60s comes straggling back,...

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