The Politicians & the Egalitarians

The Politicians & the Egalitarians

The Hidden History of American Politics

Book - 2016
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'There are two keys to unlocking the secrets of American politics and American political history.' So begins The Politicians & the Egalitarians, by Princeton historian Sean Wilentz. First, America is built on an egalitarian tradition. At the nation's founding, Americans believed that extremes of wealth and want would destroy their revolutionary experiment in republican government. Ever since, that idea has shaped national political conflict and scored major egalitarian victories -- from the Civil War and Progressive eras to the New Deal and the Great Society -- along the way. Second, partisanship is a permanent fixture in America, and America is the better for it. Every major egalitarian victory in United States history has resulted neither from abandonment of partisan politics nor from social movement protests, but from a convergence of protest and politics, and then sharp struggles led by principled and effective party politicians. There is little to be gained from the dream of a post-partisan world. With these two arguments, Sean Wilentz offers a portrait of American history told through politicians and egalitarians including Thomas Paine, Abraham Lincoln, and W.E.B. Du Bois -- a portrait that runs counter to current political and historical thinking.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780393285024
0393285022
Branch Call Number: 306.2097 WILENTZ
Characteristics: xix, 364 pages ; 25 cm

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