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When America Was Great: The Fighting Faith of Liberalism in Post-War America / Edition 1
     

When America Was Great: The Fighting Faith of Liberalism in Post-War America / Edition 1

by Kevin Mattson
 

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ISBN-10: 0415947766

ISBN-13: 9780415947763

Pub. Date: 03/13/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

A sweeping intellectual history that will make us rethink postwar politics and culture, When America Was Great profiles the thinkers and writers who crafted a new American liberal tradition in a conservative era — from historians Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and C. Vann Woodward, to economist John Kenneth Galbraith and theologian Reinhold

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A sweeping intellectual history that will make us rethink postwar politics and culture, When America Was Great profiles the thinkers and writers who crafted a new American liberal tradition in a conservative era — from historians Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and C. Vann Woodward, to economist John Kenneth Galbraith and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.

A compelling tale that will redefine the word "liberal" for a new generation, Mattson retraces the intellectual journey of these towering figures. They served in the Second World War. They opposed communism but also wanted to make America's poor visible to the affluent society. Contrary to those who characterize liberals as naïve or sentimental "bleeding hearts," they had a tough-minded and nuanced vision that stressed both human limitations and hope. They felt America should stand for something more than just a strong economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415947763
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/13/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Endings and Beginings
1. Characters: The Unspoken Virtues of Liberalism
2. Enemies: The Integrity of Liberal Anti-Communism
3. Values: The Pay-Offs and Problems of Pluralism
4. Loves: The Nation as Beloved Community
5. Hopes: Liberalism and The Quality of Public Life
6. Tragedies and Conclusion
7. Epilogue

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