The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics

The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics

by Sean Wilentz


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393354133
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 626,666
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University and author of the Bancroft Prize–winning The Rise of American Democracy, Bob Dylan in America, and many other works. He is completing his next book, No Property in Man, on slavery, antislavery, and the Constitution, based on his Nathan I. Huggins Lectures delivered at Harvard in 2015.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition xiii

Introduction xix

I Two Keys to American History

1 The Postpartisan Style in American Politics 3

2 America's Forgotten Egalitarian Tradition 31

II The Politicians and the Egalitarians

3 Thomas Paine: The Origins of American Egalitarianism 69

4 Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Thomas Jefferson 84

5 John Quincy Adams: Slavery's Arch-Enemy 125

6 John Brown: The Temptation of Terror 148

7 Abraham Lincoln: Egalitarian Politician 170

8 Democracy at Gettysburg, 1863 213

9 The Steel Town and the Gilded Age 233

10 W. E. B. Du Bois: A Heroic Education 250

11 Theodore Roosevelt: Politics and Folly 267

12 The Liberals and the Leftists 280

13 The Cold War and the Perils of Junk History 295

14 Lyndon B. Johnson: The Triumph of Politics 307

Bibliographic Notes and References 333

Acknowledgments 347

Index 349

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