Yet, as the authors suggest, it was the failings of the Johnson administration—particularly the Vietnam War—that eventually ended the liberal moment. These perceptions drew on a host of reform precedents, but they drew at least as much on distinct postwar experiences and attitudes that liberals shared with Americans of varied political hues. The spine may show signs of wear. Calvin Mackenzie is the Goldfarb Family Professor of Government at Colby College. To be born black almost anywhere in America was to miss the main chance at birth. Like many a tragic hero, Johnson was brought down by hubris.
I was looking for, and thought I would get, the story of how Congress was so remarkably productive after decades of only minimal significant legislation. The preoccupations of the Cold War thus spurred Americans to achieve at home the ideal of liberty on which it based its assertions of moral superiority abroad. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Calvin Mackenzie Author: Robert Weisbrot Author: G. The liberal hour witnessed a rush of social legislation that included two sweeping civil rights laws, Medicare and Medicaid, Aid to Education, tougher environmental regulations, the War on Poverty, and much else. The reality of liberalism today is that it is much harder to build and sustain legislative support for a far-reaching agenda during a prolonged period of economic stagnation and distrust of government.
We focus instead on the role of government and politics in reshaping American life because we believe it is a subject of great importance that has received too little attention. In this volume of A vibrant, revelatory history of the liberal moment of the 60s, one which argues that Washington wasn't simply a target of reform but was actually the era's most effective engine of change. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp s. It throws the decade of the 1960s into a whole new light, showing that much of the progress made in that era happened not because of social revolutions and street protests, but because of emboldened liberal elites in Washington. There are parts that are repetitious, but each chapter goes over the decade with a new focus and some things invariably need repeating.
He never appreciated the limits of good intentions, especially his own. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Americans of all backgrounds would more readily invest in the poor, in schools, in health care, in area redevelopment, and in myriad other reforms once convinced that such federal largesse would not raise their tax burden nor slow their own march toward material comfort. We argue that the 1960s did yield uncommonly profound and lasting changes, and we will trace the roots of those changes to the hard work of practical politics. Calvin MacKenzie Subject: Social change -- United States -- History.
This is not a comprehensive history of the 1960s. Great struggles occurred between those agents of change and the forces of resistance, but the struggles that mattered most took place within the halls of the very institutions and under the skillful direction of the very people against whom the loud voices in the street railed so often. Americans in unusually large numbers trusted the government in Washington to act responsibly on their behalf. Ink name on front endpaper. The dissidents and the politicians were in this together, though few in either group recognized or admitted as much at the time. All orders guaranteed and ship within 24 hours.
Postwar prosperity led many to believe there was enough wealth to go around, an optimism that lent powerful support to antipoverty programs, not to mention civil rights. No African Americans served in the Senate and they comprised only 4 of 435 members in the House. About this Item: Cengage Learning. This is the best book for putting the 1960s in perspective. The other was Everett Dirksen, the gravelly voiced, flamboyantly coiffed minority leader of the Senate.
A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. Jury service was routinely denied to women in many jurisdictions. Their story is not so well known. To Protect the Planet 6. It was an unruly decade, but one that changed the United States in profound ways. Black citizens in those states could not vote or hold office; they could not serve on juries or expect even the rudiments of justice when charged with crimes.
These are the questions this book seeks to answer. Most fundamentally, the authors frame this as a book about how the elites, Congress, the President and his staff , and the Supreme Court, issued in so much of the social change of the 1960s that is typically attributed to broader social movements. About this Item: Penguin Publishing Group. Mackenzie and Weisbrot Maximum Danger , professors of government and history respectively at Colby College, provide an insightful and well-argued analysis of the 1960s' social, economic and policy dynamics that opened both the public and the government to great and necessary social legislation. Definitely a must-read for anyone who is interested in how legislation gets passed or how political consensus is built, although if you really want details of the inner workings of Congress, you'll have to go elsewhere. About this Item: Condition: Fair. The magnitude, timing, and direction of that reform were affected, sometimes deeply, by an expanding and highly visible throng of activists and critics.