The Decline of American Liberalism

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From the Revolutionary War and World Wars I and II to the Great Depression and civil rights battles, this chronicle takes a historical look at how principles such as individual liberty and democratic rule have weathered the last few centuries. The growth of state empowerment and its effect on autonomy and the economy is also discussed.

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Overview

From the Revolutionary War and World Wars I and II to the Great Depression and civil rights battles, this chronicle takes a historical look at how principles such as individual liberty and democratic rule have weathered the last few centuries. The growth of state empowerment and its effect on autonomy and the economy is also discussed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598130270
  • Publisher: Independent Institute, The
  • Publication date: 4/3/2009
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Arthur A. Ekirch Jr. was a leading scholar of American intellectual history and a professor emeritus of history at the State University of New York–Albany. He is the author of numerous books, including The American Democratic TraditionThe Civilian and the Military, and Man and Nature in America.
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the 2009 Robert Higgs xv

Preface to the 1966 Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr xxi

Preface to the First Arthur A. Ekirch, Jr xxix

Acknowledgments xxxiv

1 The European Experience 1

2 The Hope of America 11

3 A Revolutionary Shift in Emphasis 25

4 Federalist Centralization and Consolidation 37

5 Jeffersonian Compromise 55

6 Jacksonian Democracy: The Many and the Few 73

7 The Curse of Slavery 95

8 An American Tragedy 116

9 New Nationalism and New South 131

10 Pre-emption, Exploitation, Progress 147

11 The Progressives as Nationalists 171

12 America Enters the Struggle for Power 195

13 Harsh Reaction and Bitter Disillusionment 221

14 The Cult of Conformity and Prosperity 243

15 The Cult of Planning and Reform 268

16 From New Deal to New War 288

17 National Security and the Garrison State 314

18 National Loyalty and the Police State 336

Notes 365

Index 395

About the Author 403

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