The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s

The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s

by Allen Matusow
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University of Georgia Press

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The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s

In a book that William E. Leuchtenburg, writing in the Atlantic, called “a work of considerable power,” Allen Matusow documents the rise and fall of 1960s liberalism. He offers deft treatments of the major topics—anticommunism, civil rights, Great Society programs, the counterculture—making the most, throughout, of his subject’s tremendous narrative potential. Matusow’s preface to the new edition explains the sometimes critical tone of his study. The Unraveling of America, he says, “was intended as a cautionary tale for liberals in the hope that when their hour struck again, they might perhaps be fortified against past error. Now that they have another chance, a look back at the 1960s might serve them well.”

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ISBN-13: 9780820334059
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 568
Sales rank: 693,617
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2009 Edition ix
Preface to the 1984 Edition xix

part i

1. The Liberals, the Candidate, and the Election of 1960 3
2. Kennedy, Keynes, and the Corporations 30
3. Politics and Principle: The Issue of Civil Rights 60
4. Origins of the War on Poverty 97

part ii

5. The Election of 1964 131
6. War, Inflation, and Farewell to Keynes 153
7. Civil Rights: Triumph and Retreat 180
8. War on Poverty I: The Failure of the Welfare State 217
9. War on Poverty II: The Strange History of Community Action 243

part iii

10. Rise and Fall of a Counterculture 275
11. Rise and Fall of the New Left 308
12. Black Power 345
13. The War, the Liberals, and the Overthrow of LBJ 376
14. Rout of the Liberals: The Election of 1968 395

Bibliographic Note 441

Notes 443

Index 523

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