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The New Woman Tries on Red: Russia in the American Feminist Imagination, 1905-1945
Julia Mickenberg, University of Texas, Austin

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"Stars and Tsars" (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, Brian Balogh
Publication: Backstory with the American History Guys
Date: 4/25/2014
Abstract: In the past year, the White House and the Kremlin have sparred over Syria, the Winter Olympics, and now, the crisis in Ukraine. It can be tempting to view these events through the familiar lens of the Cold War, but in this episode, the History Guys probe the deeper history of our relationship with Russia — and discover moments of comity as well as conflict. They discuss Alexis de Tocqueville’s famous prediction in the 1830s, that the United States and Russia were “two great nations” that would each come to “hold in [their] hands the destinies of half the world.” And they find long-term connections and comparisons between the countries over time. From Civil War-era analogies between freeing American slaves and freeing Russian serfs, to early 20th-century debates over women’s suffrage, Americans have often looked to Russia as a counterpart, if sometimes a cautionary one. Tags: capitalism, Cold War, Communism, Containment, Diplomatic History, political history, Russia, Soviet Union

Celebration and Fresh Inquiry (Review)
Author(s): Paul Buhle
Publication: Against the Current
Date: 1/15/2016
Abstract: Review of Lineages of the Literary Left, highlighting essay by Julia Mickenberg

Following in the Footsteps of the American Girls Who Went to Russia (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Kelly Faircloth
Publication: Jezebel
Date: 8/3/2017
Abstract: Whether you came of age at the tail end of the Cold War or just binge-watched The Americans, the familiar pop cultural stereotype about the USSR is that only a spy would bother trying to get across the border and even then, nobody would say a word to you without their eyes shifting suspiciously over your shoulder every 30 seconds. But there was a period when thousands of Americans took off for the newborn Soviet Union, many for work in the rapidly industrializing nation but others in hopes of participating in the biggest social experiment of their era. And many of them were women seeking dramatic social changes, looking for new and more equitable ways of living. In American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream, Julia L. Mickenberg traces that little-known history.
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