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The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be [NOOK Book]

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This is an accessible book that delineates how progressives and the progressive movement have created the American idea and ideals and forged the kind of country in which we want to live.  It creates a platform from which to argue how progressives today are fighting to improve America, in contrast to how conservatives have always worked to defend the interests of elites. 

Each chapter will tell the reader a story focusing on different subjects, such as efforts to enact...

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The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be

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Overview

This is an accessible book that delineates how progressives and the progressive movement have created the American idea and ideals and forged the kind of country in which we want to live.  It creates a platform from which to argue how progressives today are fighting to improve America, in contrast to how conservatives have always worked to defend the interests of elites. 

Each chapter will tell the reader a story focusing on different subjects, such as efforts to enact civil rights laws, social security, the middle class, how the idea of America changed the world, and why most of us can vote.

Lux points out what he feels the Democrats have done wrong during the last decades and how the lessons of history can point to making positives changes.  Lux shows how the progressives have been instrumental in creating big positive change moments, and argues that as a new administration takes office in 2009 the time will be ripe for a new big change moment,. He outlines how he believes progressive policies can be channeled to solves the big problems facing us today. .

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This vigorous history of the progressive movement in America is both insightful and enjoyable, assuming one's politics line up with the author's (and subject's). Tracing a line of political thought from the founding fathers to the current Democratic congress, former Clinton advisor Lux presents an accessible if fawning look at progressive leaders like FDR, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. While regularly condemning conservative forces, Lux is willing to (infrequently) criticize his own side, and use facts and figures. While refocusing American history through the lens of modern progressive and conservative approaches, particularly in matters of suffrage, race and workers' rights, Lux often pits enlightened progressives against backwards, racist conservatives. Though liberals will find this an entertaining and educational overview, anyone on the fence will probably be unconvinced, though not necessarily unmoved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620458983
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/14/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Lux is the president of Progressive Strategies, a Washington-based political consulting firm; chair of the Board of American Family Voices; and a regular columnist for the Huffington Post. In 2007, he launched the popular blog OpenLeft.com with bloggers Matt Stoller and Chris Bowers. He was a special assistant to the president in Bill Clinton's first term.
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Table of Contents

Introduction The History of American Progress 1

1 The Big Change Moments 7

2 A Progressive Revolution: How Tom Paine and Thomas Jefferson Literally Invented the Idea of America 17

3 The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Right to Think and Speak Freely 41

4 Civil Rights, States' Rights, and the Re-Creation of the American Idea 59

5 The Battle over Democracy 91

6 Trickle-Down vs. Bottom-Up 119

7 The Dream and the Backlash 155

8 Hope, Fear, and the Culture of Caution 181

9 The Next Big Change Moment 205

Notes 225

Index 233

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Partisan review of progressive history

    There's a definite partisan slant to everything in this book, but if you are looking for reinforcement of progressive ideas and causes for the growing income gap in the United States, this is your book. Well done and convincing

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