Papers of William M. Mandel, a self-educated expert on the Soviet Union best known for his many books and articles about Soviet life and culture, and also for his weekly radio broadcasts reviewing the current Soviet press on various Pacifica stations. Mandel has also worked as a translator, lecturer, and teacher. His membership in the Communist Party and anti-establishment portrayal of the Soviet Union earned him the enmity of anti-communists such as Joe McCarthy in addition to characterization by many conservative thinkers as an apologist for the Soviet Union, though his intention was the promotion of peace through education of the American public. The collection documents his many activities, his point of view, and the controversy that surrounded him particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. There is also material concerning his activism in civil rights issues, antisemitism, the free speech movement, and the anti-Vietnam War movement.
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