James "Jimmy" Weinstein (1926-2005) was an American historian and journalist best known as the founder and publisher of In These Times. Weinstein was a lifelong socialist and early 20th-century American socialism was often the focus of his writings.
James Weinstein, known to his friends as "Jimmy," was born in New York City on July 17, 1926.
As a young man, Weinstein was an active supporter of Henry Wallace's 1948 presidential bid on the Progressive Party ticket, a campaign strongly backed by the Communist Party. However, Weinstein later became critical of "third party" strategies and would encourage the American Left to work within the Democratic Party. Weinstein became a prominent figure among left-wing Democrats in his adopted home of Chicago, Illinois, where In These Times is headquartered.
He was the author of numerous books, including The Decline of Socialism in America, The Corporate Ideal in the Liberal State and The Long Detour: The History and Future of the American Left. He also founded the journal Socialist Revolution (later renamed Socialist Review) and was one of the founders of Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco, California.
Weinstein died in Chicago on June 16, 2005. He was 78 years old at the time of his death
- "Radicalism in the Midst of Normalcy," Journal of American History, vol. 52, no. 4 (March 1966), pp. 773-790. In JSTOR
- The Decline of Socialism in America, 1912-1925. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1967.
- The Corporate Idea in the Liberal State, 1900-1918. Boston: Beacon Press, 1968.
- The Communists of the 1930s and the New Left. With Max Gordon. New York: Viewpoint Publishing Group, 1976.
- In These Times
- "Stopping the Drive to War" by James Weinstein
- Archived copies of James Weinstein's Web Site
- An obituary by Miles Harvey
- Associated Press Obituary
- An obituary by Doug Ireland
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