Through an examination of key historical documents, this book chronicles the Democratic Party's complete transformation from the small-government, Jeffersonian party to a party of activist government and social progressivism during the presidencies of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
* Supplies a chronological history of the Democratic Party over the course of more than two centuries as told in documents
* Covers presidential and party rhetoric ranging from George Washington's 1796 farewell address to Barack Obama's 2013 inaugural address
* Details the transformation of the Democratic Party from a small-government party that supported slavery and segregation to a progressive party that defends civil rights and provided the nation's first African-American president
Douglas B. Harris is associate professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland. Lonce H. Bailey, PhD, is assistant professor of political science at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.