The Great Society and the High Tide of Liberalism

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The Journal of American History
I recommend this volume as an introduction to the Great Society, as a collection of essays that undergraduates and beginning graduate students will profit from.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558494930
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2005
  • Series: Political Development of the American Nation Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Lyndon Johnson, the Great Society, and the "twilight" of the modern presidency 1
Pt. I Rethinking the Great Society : ideology, institutions, and social movements 51
Sixties civics 53
Pluralism, postwar intellectuals, and the demise of the union idea 83
Contested rights : the Great Society between home and work 115
Making pluralism "Great" : beyond a recycled history of the Great Society 145
Pt. II Lyndon Johnson and the American presidency 183
Lyndon Johnson in the shadow of Franklin Roosevelt 185
Great societies and great empires : Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam 214
Lyndon Johnson : means and ends, and what his presidency means in the end 233
Pt. III The Great society in action 251
The politics of the Great Society 253
The new politics of participatory democracy viewed through a feminist lens 270
Freedom from ignorance? : the Great Society and the evolution of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 289
Medicare : The Great Society's enduring national health insurance program 320
Justices and justice : reflections on the Warren Court's legacy 351
Pt. IV Legacies 363
The Great Society's Civil Rights legacy : continuity 1, discontinuity 3 365
From tax and spend to mandate and sue : liberalism after the Great Society 387
The Great Society and the demise of New Deal liberalism 411
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