America's Political Dynasties

America's Political Dynasties

by Stephen Hess
     
 

ISBN-10: 156000911X

ISBN-13: 9781560009115

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

This is the 30th anniversary edition of a book that was hailed on publication in 1966 as “fascinating” by Margaret L. Coit in the Saturday Review and as “masterly” by Henry F. Graff in the New York Times Book Review.

The Constitution could not be more specific: “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United

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Overview

This is the 30th anniversary edition of a book that was hailed on publication in 1966 as “fascinating” by Margaret L. Coit in the Saturday Review and as “masterly” by Henry F. Graff in the New York Times Book Review.

The Constitution could not be more specific: “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States.” Yet, in over two centuries since these words were written, the American people, despite official disapproval, have chosen a political nobility. For generation after generation they have turned for leadership to certain families. They are America’s political dynasties. Now, in the twentieth century, surprisingly, American political life seems to be largely peopled by those who qualify, in Stewart Alsop’s phrase, as “People’s Dukes.” They are all around us—Kennedys, Longs, Tafts, Roosevelts.

Here is the panorama of America’s political dynasties from colonial days to the present in fascinating profiles of sixteen of the leading families. Some, like the Roosevelts, have shown remarkable staying power. Others are all but forgotten, such as the Washburns, a family in which four sons of a bankrupt shopkeeper were elected to Congress from four different states. America’s Political Dynasties investigates the roles of these families in shaping the nation and traces the whole pattern of political inheritance, which has been a little considered but unique and significant feature of American government and diplomacy. And in doing so, it also illuminates the lives and personalities of some two hundred often engaging, usually ambitious, sometimes brilliant, occasionally unscrupulous individuals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560009115
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Pages:
742
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
The Best Butter1
The Adams Dynasty11
The Lee Dynasty49
The Livingston Dynasty83
The Washburn Dynasty123
The Muhlenberg Dynasty145
The Roosevelt Dynasty167
The Harrison Dynasty217
The Breckinridge Dynasty239
The Bayard Dynasty273
The Taft Dynasty299
The Frelinghuysen Dynasty339
The Tucker Dynasty365
The Stockton Dynasty393
The Long Dynasty417
The Lodge Dynasty445
The Kennedy Dynasty481
Notes529
App. APublic Offices Held by Political Dynasties623
App. BFamilies With Three Or More Members of Congress645
App. CDynastic Members Since 1966673
Acknowledgments679
Bibliography681
Index712

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