Riding on the coat tails of Lyndon Johnson's 1964 landslide victory over Barry Goldwater, Fred Harris defeated former University of Oklahoma football coach Charles (Bud) Wilkinson to become, at age 33, the youngest senator elect in the history of the Sooner state. He quickly proved himself a most active senator-he was named chairman of a subcommittee during his first year, sought to bring accountability in federal research and development programs, and concerned himself with the plight of Native Americans and poverty stricken people throughout rural America. Later, as a result of his involvement with the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disobedience, his role as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and his work in the burgeoning peace movement, Fred Harris began to articulate his plans for New Populism-a program designed for millions of Americans who believed that government should serve the people and not its special interests. In 1972 and 1976, Harris launched New Populist campaigns for the presidency, but, in both instances, inadequate funding forced him to abandon his efforts. In Fred Harris: His Journey from Liberalism to Populism, historian Richard Lowitt traces the political career of Fred Harris and provides new insight into one senator's search for answers to the diverse, complex, and challenging issues confronting America during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.
Richard Lowitt is well known for his books on twentieth-century American history, including studies on the New Deal and the West, and biographies of Sens. George W. Norris and Bronson Cutting. He is editor of the volumes Politics in the Post-War American West and One-Third of a Nation: Lorena Hickhok Reports on the Great Depression. He is retired from the University of Oklahoma and has taught at Iowa State University and the University of Kentucky. He has been a visiting professor at Yale, Brown, Duke, and Emory Universities. Currently he serves as Regents Professor at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Chapter 1 Getting There Chapter 2 Freshman Chapter 3 Making His Mark Chapter 4 Shifting Gears Chapter 5 1968: To Chicago Chapter 6 1968: Campaigning With Hubert Horatio Hunphrey Chapter 7 DNC Chapter 8 The Broader View Chapter 9 New Populism: Laying the Groundwork Chapter 10 Preparations Chapter 11 A Populist Runs for President Chapter 12 The First Americans Chapter 13 New Populist Chapter 14 Shedding His Skin Chapter 15 Up From the Basement Chapter 16 The Last Hurrah