Terkel's politics

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There's no dissent from me from Mike Gonzalez's excellent appreciation of Studs Terkel (Obituary, Socialist Review, December 2008): undoubtedly the US working class's greatest, now alas departed, oral historian.

But there was one omission from Gonzalez's piece. For a magazine of Socialist Review's necessary political boldness, where are his politics obituarised?

I feel if we fail to record Terkel's astute politics and just mention his documentation role, we not only do him a dishonour but fail to account for his vast energising role on the world left. He was a historian who warned the world, and his own poor, of the hollow reality of the endlessly repeated US capitalist dream.

Larry Iles
Eastbourne