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Agnes Smedley: The Life and Times of an American Radical

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Country school teacher, birth control pioneer, socialist journalist, freedom fighter, writer—Agnes Smedley (1892-1950) was on the battlefront of American politics, the Indian struggle for independence, and the Chinese Communist revolution. In this coherent, intelligible, and engaging book, the MacKinnons offer us a superb portrayal of one of the most significant female pol ...more
Paperback, 460 pages
Published December 14th 1988 by University of California Press (first published November 11th 1987)
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I am endlessly fascinated by the many odd characters of early 20th Century Chinese history, the period from the Boxer Rebellion to the Mao’s final victory. Agnes Smedley is a name I came across many times in Sterling Seagrave’s “The Soong Dynasty” and also Barbara Tuchman’s “Stilwell and the American Experience in China”. Because Seagrave lists her frequently alongside whatever Mme. Sun AKA Soong Ching-ling was doing in the 1930s, I had to know more about this woman, if for no other reason than ...more
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