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General Information

Name:  Michael Harrington  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri


Illinois Connection

Mr. Harrington attended the University of Chicago where he recieved an MA in English Literature before attending Yale Law School.

Biographical and Professional Information

As a young man, his interest in left-wing politics and Catholicism led him to Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker movement. He became editor of the ''Catholic Worker'' from 1951-1953. In 1960, he became editor of ''New America'', the newspaper of the Socialist-Social Democratic Federation. His book, ''The Other America'' influenced the Johnson adminstrations war on poverty. In the 1970's, he formed the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee of which he was a leader till his death.

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