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Political Science


Incipiency, coalescence, institutionalization, fragmentation and demise are five stages which many radical youth movements have gone through in the course of American history. From the earliest part of the twentieth century through the late sixties, youth movements in the United States have seemed to follow this historical model, and no radical trend has followed it more closely than the New Left, particularly through the development of one of its most noticeable organizations, the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). From its incipiency as an offshoot of the League for Industrial Democracy, to its final demise in the early seventies, the Students for a Democratic Society has been the most conspicuous manifestation of the American New Left.

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