The Divided Mind of American Liberalism

 

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The Divided Mind of American Liberalism


by James R. Hurtgen (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780739103203

 

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The Divided Mind of American Liberalism reveals the crisis at the heart of modern American liberalism. James Hurtgen's historical narrative traces the liberal movement through three periods of reform: the progressive movement, the New Deal, and the Great Society.


The Divided Mind of American Liberalism reveals the crisis at the heart of modern American liberalism. James Hurtgen's historical narrative traces the liberal movement through three periods of reform: the progressive movement, the New Deal, and the Great Society. Drawing on the views of political activists, presidents, and theorists the work examines the tensions that resulted in the ideological disunion-based on deep and lasting divisions over the desirability of centralized political power-of the communitarian "decentralists" and individualist "modernist" wings of the liberal movement. It documents how a "modernist" willingness to accept properly reformed, nationally exercised power held sway through much of the century only to be supplanted in the sixties and early seventies by "decentralists," champions of local government as the ideal political unit. This superb study demonstrates the central role liberalism has played in modern American political development and lays bare a liberal movement thrown into crisis by competing theories of social order.


 

ISBN 739103202
ISBN13 9780739103203
Publisher Lexington Books
Format Hardback
Publication date 01/12/2001
Pages 152
Weight (grammes) 340
Published in United States
Height (mm) 231
Width (mm) 161

Chapter 1 Progressivism, A Divided Faith Chapter 2 Decentralists and Modernists During the New Deal Chapter 3 The Great Society and the Dominance of Modernist Liberalism Chapter 4 1968-75: The Triumph of Decentralist Liberalism Chapter 5 Communitarianism and Individualism in Liberal Theory Chapter 6 Conclusion: To Be From Somewhere and Nowhere