Paul Buhle

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Paul Buhle

"Founder and publisher of Radical America, Paul Buhle was active in Champaign-Urbana, Storrs, and Madison SDS chapters, 1965-1969. He hasn't been all that happy since, but he teaches at Brown. A founding member of the new Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Buhle sees the struggle for Participatory Democracy as essential for peace and progress." [1]

"A former member of Students for a Democratic Society and a disciple of CLR James, Buhle founded the journal Radical America as well as the Oral History of the American Left project. He is the author/editor of nearly thirty books, including: Images of American Radicalism, Marxism in the United States, Radical Hollywood: The Untold Story behind America's Favorite Movies, The Encyclopedia of the American Left, The Immigrant Left in the United States, The New Left Revisited, Insurgent Images: The Agitprop Murals of Mike Alewitz, and the forthcoming From the Lower Eastside to Hollywood: Jews in American Popular Culture. Buhle is currently teaching at Brown University." [2]

"My research has been funded by grants from the Ford Foundation (1969), the American Council of Learned Societies (Ethnic History, 1976), the National Endowment for the Humanities (1982 and 1984), the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities (labor and landscape, 1987 and 1990), the Harburg Foundation (1995 and 1996), Brown University (faculty grant, 2000-2001), and the Rubin Foundation (Industrial Workers of the World graphic art, 2005) among others." [3] CV

PhD Thesis

  • University of Wisconsin, Ph.D., 1975; Dissertation Topic: “Marxism in the United States, 1900-1940"

Former Affiliations

  • Founder and editor, Radical America, 1967-73, and associate, 1973-95.
  • Founder and editor, Cultural Correspondence, 1975-81.
  • Editorial board member, CLR James Journal (1997-present)


Select Books


"Buhle: In the spring of 1968 I was sent a copy of Gilbert Shelton’s Feds ’n’ Heads. It was at once really funny, great storytelling, political satire and an expression of comic art that I hadn’t seen since Kurtzman, Walt Kelly’s Pogo, Jules Feiffer and a very few other places. I immediately ordered 20 to sell at the SDS table of the University of Wisconsin campus, and when I got $2,000 from the Rabinowitz Foundation, I sent the money to Gilbert. I left the contents of Radical America Komiks in his hands.

"It was the all-time favorite of Radical America bookstore buyers. The few professors who subscribed were rather shocked." [4]

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. SDS: Why Now (Again)?, MRZine, accessed January 12, 2010.
  2. Derek Seidman, "Radical Continuity: An Interview with Paul Buhle", Counterpunch, March 8, 2004
  3. Paul Buhle, Brown University, accessed January 12, 2010.
  4. Michael Dooley, "Power to the Panels: An Interview with Paul Buhle", AIGA, June 17, 2008.