Date of Award

Spring 1991

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Robert C. Bannister


Using primary sources such as college newspaper articles and personal interviews, Miller tracks the emergence of the Swarthmore New Left in 1960 to its decline in 1967. He argues that the Swarthmore New Left’s origins lie in the “streams of liberalism” that ran through the College from 1940-1960, but that the New Left moved from the liberal tradition of its predecessors to more radical forms of activism as the decade wore on, ultimately collapsing due to its inability to sustain a search for a more radical counter-tradition.


Co-recipient of the Paul H. Beik Prize in History, awarded in 1991.