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Eugene Genovese dies at 82; leftist historian turned conservative
Eugene Genovese dies at 82; leftist historian turned conservative

Eugene D. Genovese became one of the most notorious radical intellectuals in the country in 1965 when he addressed an all-night teach-in at Rutgers University on the Vietnam War. "I do not fear or regret the impending Viet Cong victory. I welcome it," the self-described Marxist historian declared, setting off a furor that had politicians such as Richard Nixon demanding his dismissal. An academic witch hunt ensued, but the onetime Communist Party member held to his political beliefs for decades. He freely admitted that Marxist ideas informed what became his most influential work: a 1974 study of slaves and slave masters in the antebellum South called "Roll, Jordan,...

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