Making Sense of American Liberalism

Making Sense of American Liberalism

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This collection of thoughtful and timely essays offers refreshing and intelligent new perspectives on postwar American liberalism. Sophisticated yet accessible, Making Sense of American Liberalism challenges popular myths about liberalism in the United States. The volume presents the Democratic Party and liberal reform efforts such as civil rights, feminism, labor, and environmentalism as a more united, more radical force than has been depicted in scholarship and the media emphasizing the decline and disunity of the left.
Distinguished contributors assess the problems liberals have confronted in the twentieth century, examine their strategies for reform, and chart the successes and potential for future liberal reform.
Contributors are Anthony J. Badger, Jonathan Bell, Lizabeth Cohen, Susan Hartmann, Ella Howard, Bruce Miroff, Nelson Lichtenstein, Doug Rossinow, Timothy Stanley, and Timothy Thurber.

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This collection of ten essays explores the accomplishments, impasses, and paradoxes of 20th century liberalism in the US. The essays cover issues of labor, class, race, and urban development in the work of mainstream liberal social activists, office-holders, urban-planners, and trade unionists, drawing together the importance of grassroots efforts with high politics and policy-making. The book is organized into three sections. The first surveys the synergy between liberals and the broader left, showing alliances with radical socialists and civil libertarians, but also the eventual gap between traditions of social reform and whether it can be closed. The second examines social reform and policy innovation in urban development. The third section examines internal and external liberal coalition-building in the context of the civil rights movement, post-New Deal feminism, and labor unions. The contributors are professors of history, American studies, and political science. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2012
ISBN: 9780252093982
Characteristics: 1 online resource (260 pages)
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Additional Contributors: Bell, Jonathan 1976-
Stanley, Timothy


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