Building a Democratic Political Order: Reshaping American Liberalism in the 1930s and 1940s

Building a Democratic Political Order: Reshaping American Liberalism in the 1930s and 1940s

by David Plotke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521034590

ISBN-13: 9780521034593

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Building A Democratic Political Order explores the dramatic changes in American politics that occurred during the 1930s and 1940s—including the growth of the federal government, the emergence of a new labor movement, the Cold War and domestic anti-Communism, and the opening of national political debate about civil rights. Democratic progressive liberalism

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Building A Democratic Political Order explores the dramatic changes in American politics that occurred during the 1930s and 1940s—including the growth of the federal government, the emergence of a new labor movement, the Cold War and domestic anti-Communism, and the opening of national political debate about civil rights. Democratic progressive liberalism recast American political institutions and discourses in ways that went well beyond what was expected in the early 1930s, and in forms strong enough to endure for several decades after Roosevelt's death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521034593
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: the Democratic order as a political project; 1. When does politics change?; 2. Creating political orders: the logic of the Democratic experience; 3. Democratic opportunities in the crises of the 1930s; 4. Passing the Wagner Act and building a new Democratic state; 5. Party and movements in the Democratic upsurge, 1935–7; 6. Progressive liberalism as pragmatic common sense; 7. Surprising years: electing Truman and sustaining the Democratic order, 1947–9; 8. Passing Taft-Hartley: what the losers won (and what the winners lost); 9. New political fronts? Growth and civil rights in the late 1940s; 10. Democratic anti-Communism and the Cold War; 11. From Truman to Kennedy: the reach and limits of Democratic power; 12. Was the Democratic order democratic?; Index.

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