The Democrats: A Critical History [NOOK Book]

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"The Democrats: A Critical History is worthy reading for anyone who is interested in social change."--MediaMouse.org

The 2006 elections put the Democrats in the majority in both houses of Congress, yet those hoping for change have been deeply disappointed. Lance Selfa looks at the Democrats in a broad historical perspective, showing that today’s betrayals stem from the Democratic Party’s role as one of the two parties serving the interests of the US establishment, not of the ...

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Overview


"The Democrats: A Critical History is worthy reading for anyone who is interested in social change."--MediaMouse.org

The 2006 elections put the Democrats in the majority in both houses of Congress, yet those hoping for change have been deeply disappointed. Lance Selfa looks at the Democrats in a broad historical perspective, showing that today’s betrayals stem from the Democratic Party’s role as one of the two parties serving the interests of the US establishment, not of the broader public or its “base” of women, African Americans, trade union members, and working and poor people.

Many other books on the Democrats have seen the party’s recent history as a departure from its storied past as the “party of the people.” Selfa’s book is one of the few written for a popular audience to challenge this myth and to put today’s crisis of the Democratic Party’s legitimacy in a historical perspective.

As the 2008 presidential season heats up, there will be many books about individual candidates and their personalities. This book is for people who want to go beyond campaign puffery to look at the serious topics and questions at stake, with a vision that isn’t limited to the next election cycle.

Lance Selfa is a researcher and author. An editor and contributor to International Socialist Review, he edited The Struggle for Palestine (Haymarket Books, 2002). He lives in Chicago.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608460496
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 260
  • File size: 365 KB

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Lance Selfa is an editor of and contributor to International Socialist Review. He edited The Struggle for Palestine (Haymarket, 2002). He lives in Chicago.
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Table of Contents

Introduction The Beginning of a New Era? 1

Ch. 1 "History's Second-Most Enthusiastic Capitalist Party" 11

Ch. 2 The Party of Slavery Becomes the Party of the People 40

Ch. 3 The Rise of the New Democrats 65

Ch. 4 Social Movements and the "Party ofthe People" 87

Ch. 5 Defenders of the Empire 126

Ch. 6 Can the Left Take Over the Democratic Party? 158

Ch. 7 Why Is There No Alternative? 177

Conclusion: Is the Lesser Evil Good Enough? 189

App Hal Draper: Who's Going to Be the Lesser Evil in '68? 199

Notes 206

Index 234

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2008

    Precisely what the title is!

    As the title suggests, this is definately a critical history of what we know today as the Democratic party. However it is also much more than that, it not only chronicles the party's developments/history but the role it has historically played within the United States, particularly, as Selfa puts it being 'Capitalism's plan b'. I would highly recommend this title for both those on the left but also people generally interested in subject matter as per described by the title/back cover.

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