(sometimes lowercase) a radical leftist political movement active especially during the 1960s and 1970s, composed largely of college students and young intellectuals whose goals included racial equality, de-escalation of the arms race, nonintervention in foreign affairs, and other major changes in the political, economic, social, and educational systems.
- New Leftist, noun
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How to use New Left in a sentence
Michael Kazin is a historian who has written a lot about the New Left.
But Brooke was out of step with the New Left and its notion of radical chic.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America | John Avlon | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Substantively, as opposed to stylistically, there was no New Left.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism | Fred Siegel | January 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The idea that liberalism was a disguised form of fascism became an article of faith for many in the New Left.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism | Fred Siegel | January 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"The Rise of the New New Left" by Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast.
A straight plunge by the New Left half gained a yard through Gallup.The Crimson Sweater | Ralph Henry Barbour
Bridgwater was the right of this second line as it had been the left of the first; the New Left was at Ilchester.
British Dictionary definitions for New Left
a loose grouping of left-wing radicals, esp among students, that arose in many countries after 1960
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Cultural definitions for New Left
A radical movement of the 1960s and 1970s. New Leftists opposed the military-industrial complex and involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War; they urged more public attention to conditions of black people and the poor. New Leftists were less theoretical than communists and generally did not admire the Soviet Union. But many of them were interested in Maoism, and they spoke strongly for “participatory democracy.” (See sit-ins.)
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