Pennsylvania Politics Today and Yesterday: The Tolerable Accommodation / Edition 1

Pennsylvania Politics Today and Yesterday: The Tolerable Accommodation / Edition 1

by Paul B. Beers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271002387

ISBN-13: 9780271002385

Pub. Date: 03/14/2001

Publisher: Penn State University Press

A sort of rough justice characterized the Pennsylvania political scene, this book argues, if we define justice in Learned Hand's words as "the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society." According to the Prologue: "Reform always has worked better in Pennsylvania as an issue-based effort, rather than a broad political movement.&

Overview

A sort of rough justice characterized the Pennsylvania political scene, this book argues, if we define justice in Learned Hand's words as "the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society." According to the Prologue: "Reform always has worked better in Pennsylvania as an issue-based effort, rather than a broad political movement."

According to the Epilogue: "Although 1978 was a year of intense competition, in the end—in revisions so typical of Pennsylvania—both the old and the new politics were refuted, while the comfortable middle-road was chosen." Beers explains the Keystone State's rejection of ideological extremes by reviewing its traditional virtues: tolerance of diversity, independence in thought and action, and patience under adversity. "Pennsylvania is the vest-pocket edition of the world," said Governor Shafer in 1967, "the ethnographic mosaic," said historian Phil Klein in 1976; "kind and mild, sort of non-Puritanical," said novelist John Updilke in 1977. The book's lively narrative begins with Boss Matt Quay forcing his way into the U.S. Senate in 1900, ends with Governor Dick Thornburgh balancing the taxpayers' demand for budge-cutting against his party leaders' itch for patronage. Between 1900 and 1979 the story is told of the rogues (Penrose, the Vares, and Cianfrani), the reformers (Pinchot, Leader, and Duff), and the greater number whose real achievements were dimmed by implications of corruption (Earle, Fine, and Shapp). On balance the author tends toward Henry Adams's assessment of the Pennsylvanian: "In practical matters it was the steadiest of all American types; perhaps the most efficient; certainly the safest."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271002385
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
03/14/2001
Series:
A Keystone Book ?
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction: "Vest-Pocket Edition of the World"1
Prologue: Rivalry without Rancor15
1.The Rogues41
John Wanamaker 1838-192259
The Vares 1859-193461
Edwin A. Van Valkenburg 1864-193266
A. Mitchell Palmer 1872-193667
2.Pinchot Republicanism71
Cornelia Bryce Pinchot 1881-1960101
James J. Davis 1873-1947104
The Mellons 1813-1970106
Joseph R. Grundy 1862-1961112
3.The Earle Scandals117
John J. McClure 1886-1965137
Arthur H. James 1883-1973140
The Annenbergs 1878-141
Charles J. Margiotti 1891-1956144
The Guffeys 1870-1970146
4.Big Red151
Edward Martin 1879-1967167
M. Harvey Taylor 1876-168
5.Tragic John Fine173
The Pews 1848-1971191
6.Clark, Dilworth, and Philadelphia Reform193
7.Mister Clean209
Hugh Scott 1900-231
8.The Comeback of David Leo Lawrence239
Genevieve Blatt 1913-267
9.Golden Bill Scranton275
George I. Bloom 1897--313
10.Debacle319
Martin Patrick Mullen 1921-357
11.Citizen Shapp363
Robert Patrick Casey 1932-411
Herbert Fineman 1920-415
Henry J. Cianfrani, Jr. 1923-421
K. Leroy Irvis 1919-427
Richard Schultz Schweiker 1926- and Henry John Heinz III 1938-433
Frank C. Hilton 1909-440
Epilogue: Thornburgh Election445
Bibliography457
Index461

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