The Resource American Maelstrom : the 1968 election and the politics of division, Michael A. Cohen

American Maelstrom : the 1968 election and the politics of division, Michael A. Cohen

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American Maelstrom : the 1968 election and the politics of division
Title
American Maelstrom
Title remainder
the 1968 election and the politics of division
Statement of responsibility
Michael A. Cohen
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"In his presidential inaugural address of January 1965, Lyndon Johnson offered an uplifting vision for America, one that would end poverty and racial injustice. Elected in a landslide over the conservative Republican Barry Goldwater and bolstered by the so-called liberal consensus, economic prosperity, and a strong wave of nostalgia for his martyred predecessor, John Kennedy, Johnson announced the most ambitious government agenda in decades. Three years later, everything had changed. Johnson's approval ratings had plummeted; the liberal consensus was shattered; the war in Vietnam splintered the nation; and the politics of civil rights had created a fierce white backlash. A report from the National Committee for an Effective Congress warned of a "national nervous breakdown." The election of 1968 was immediately caught up in a swirl of powerful forces, and the nine men who sought the nation's highest office that year attempted to ride them to victory-or merely survive them. On the Democratic side, Eugene McCarthy energized the anti-war movement; George Wallace spoke to the working-class white backlash; Robert Kennedy took on the mantle of his slain brother. Entangled in Vietnam, Johnson, stunningly, opted not to run again, scrambling the odds. On the Republican side, 1968 saw the vindication of Richard Nixon, who outhustled Nelson Rockefeller, Ronald Reagan and George Romney, by navigating between the conservative and moderate wings of the Republican Party. The assassinations of first Martin Luther King, Jr., and then Kennedy seemed to push the country to the brink of chaos, a chaos reflected in the Democratic Convention in Chicago, a televised horror show. Vice President Hubert Humphrey emerged as the nominee, and, finally liberating himself from Johnson's grip, nearly overcame the lead long enjoyed by Nixon who, by exploiting division and channeling the national yearning for order, would be the last man standing. In American Maelstrom, Michael A. Cohen captures the full drama of this watershed election, establishing 1968 as the hinge between the decline of political liberalism, the ascendancy of conservative populism, and the rise of anti-government attitudes that continue to dominate the nation's political discourse. In this sweeping and immersive book, equal parts compelling analysis and thrilling narrative, Cohen takes us to the very source of our modern politics of division." -- Publisher's description
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1971-
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Cohen, Michael A.
Dewey number
324.973/0924
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E851
LC item number
.C65 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Pivotal moments in American history
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  • Nixon, Richard M.
  • Humphrey, Hubert H.
  • Presidents
  • United States
Label
American Maelstrom : the 1968 election and the politics of division, Michael A. Cohen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Before -- "A lotta people ... ain't gonna put up with it much longer -- Losing the "middle ground" -- Part II. The Democrats -- "A quiet, witty man of grey presence" -- The (un)happy warrior -- "The most misunderstood man in American public life" -- Out like a lion -- The philosopher vs. the evangelist -- The "politics of joy"? -- Part III. The Republicans -- The new, new Nixon -- "Watching a duck trying to make love to a football" -- The "doer" and the "rising star of the west" -- Part IV. Wallace -- "We're tired of this mess" -- Part V. A tale of two conventions -- A "plastic paradise" -- "The democrats are finishte" -- Part VI. The general election -- "Overconfidence is not our thing" -- The final storm -- Part VII. After -- "They have just elected a papier mâché man" -- "It's never stopped being 1968."
Control code
ocn919202344
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvi, 427 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780199777563
Lccn
2015032225
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026038294
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)919202344
Label
American Maelstrom : the 1968 election and the politics of division, Michael A. Cohen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Before -- "A lotta people ... ain't gonna put up with it much longer -- Losing the "middle ground" -- Part II. The Democrats -- "A quiet, witty man of grey presence" -- The (un)happy warrior -- "The most misunderstood man in American public life" -- Out like a lion -- The philosopher vs. the evangelist -- The "politics of joy"? -- Part III. The Republicans -- The new, new Nixon -- "Watching a duck trying to make love to a football" -- The "doer" and the "rising star of the west" -- Part IV. Wallace -- "We're tired of this mess" -- Part V. A tale of two conventions -- A "plastic paradise" -- "The democrats are finishte" -- Part VI. The general election -- "Overconfidence is not our thing" -- The final storm -- Part VII. After -- "They have just elected a papier mâché man" -- "It's never stopped being 1968."
Control code
ocn919202344
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvi, 427 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780199777563
Lccn
2015032225
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026038294
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)919202344

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