chapter  44
Michael Harrington
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Lanky and freckled, with a boyish grin and broomstraw hair, Harrington arrived in Greenwich Village in late 1949, where he wrote poetry in the day and passed the beer-filled evenings with bohemian literati at the White Horse Tavern, the San Remo Cafe, and the Cedar Tavern. The glamour of Village life in the early 1950s was irresistible, but Harrington was haunted by that St. Louis slum. He spent two years at Dorothy Day's Catholic Worker on Chrystie Street, enlisted in the army and was honorably discharged as a Conscientious Objector and finally decided, in 1952, to enter the political arena.