Oral history interview with Daniel Bell, 1995


Bell, Daniel, 1919-2011 (Interviewee)
Dorman, Joseph, 1958- (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Daniel Bell, 1995
The oral history interview with Daniel Bell contains various interview footage and other footage that was used for the 1998 documentary "Arguing the World." An associated, undigitized transcript only partially covers the content found in the video footage. Video corresponding to tapes 1-2 is a lecture at 92nd Street Y. This content is included in the transcript. Content on tape 3 is a conversation following the lecture that is not included in the transcript. Tapes 4-11 are a formal interview that is included in the transcript. Tapes 12-18 are a second interview that is not included in the transcript Transcribed segments cover the following subjects: Youth, Lower East Side; family life, neighborhood conditions; Jewish education, talmudic training; Young People's Socialist League (YPSL); Jewish radicalism; City College of New York (CCNY), student politics, faculty, Marxist socialist; wider context of politics; American Student Union; Communist Party of the United States, influence of, Popular Front, ties to Soviet Union; anti-communism; Partisan Review, influence of; modernism; Greenwich Village 1940s 1950s; New Leader, 1938; Columbia University, graduate work; McCarthyism and universities; Reinhold Neibuhr, writings of, influence of; New York intellectuals, milieu of; CP, influence in unions, Hollywood, publications, universities; Congress for Cultural Freedom; American Committee for Cultural Freedom; End of ldeology; New Left, Columbia 1968; Public Interest; The American Prospect; reflections on American politics
Collection Name
Arguing the World oral history collection
New York (N.Y.) Intellectual life 20th century; Bell, Daniel, 1919-2011
oral histories; video recordings
Note (Biographical)
Interviewed by Joseph Dorman on April 2, 1991 and September 28, 1995
Note (Provenance)
Joseph Dorman, Gift 1998
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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