Liberalism and Its Discontents
By: Alan Brinkley (author)Paperback
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In this history of liberalism since the 1930s, the author offers an account of: where it came from where it has gone, and why. It move from interpretation of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal to an analysis of the profound and frequently corrosive economic, social, and cultural changes that have undermined the liberal tradition. The book considers the role of alternate political traditions in liberalism's downfall. What emerges is a picture of a dominant political tradition less uniform and stable - more complex and contested. It shows how historical interpretation was itself a reflection of liberal assumptions.
Alan Brinkley is Professor of History at Columbia University. His many books include Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression, winner of the American Book Award for History, and The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War.
* Preface * The Rise of Franklin Roosevelt * The New Deal Experiments * The Late New Deal and the Idea of the State * The New Deal and Southern Politics * The Two World Wars and American Liberalism * Legacies of World War II * Historians and the Interwar Years * Hofstadter's The Age of Reform Reconsidered * Robert Penn Warren, Tarry Williams, and Huey Long * Icons of the American Establishment * The Posthumous Lives of John F. Kennedy * Therapeutic Radicalism of the New Left * Allard Lowenstein and the Ordeal of Liberalism * The Taming of the Political Convention * The Passions of Oral Roberts * The Problem of American Conservatism * Historians and Their Publics * Notes * Sources * Index
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