Pennsylvania Politics Today and Yesterday The Tolerable Accommodation

ISBN-10: 0271002387
ISBN-13: 9780271002385
Edition: 1980
Authors: Paul B. Beers
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Description: A sort of rough justice characterized the Pennsylvania political scene, this book argues, if we define justice in Learned Hand's words as "the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society."According to the Prologue: "Reform always  More...

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List price: $60.95
Copyright year: 1980
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 3/14/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

A sort of rough justice characterized the Pennsylvania political scene, this book argues, if we define justice in Learned Hand's words as "the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society."According to the Prologue: "Reform always has worked better in Pennsylvania as an issue-based effort, rather than a broad political movement." According to the Epilogue: "Although 1978 was a year of intense competition, in the end--in revisions so typical of Pennsylvania--both the old and the new politics were refuted, while the comfortable middle-road was chosen."Beers explains the Keystone State's rejection of ideological extremes by reviewing its traditional virtues: tolerance of diversity, independence in thought and action, and patience under adversity. "Pennsylvania is the vest-pocket edition of the world," said Governor Shafer in 1967, "the ethnographic mosaic," said historian Phil Klein in 1976; "kind and mild, sort of non-Puritanical," said novelist John Updilke in 1977.The book's lively narrative begins with Boss Matt Quay forcing his way into the U.S. Senate in 1900, ends with Governor Dick Thornburgh balancing the taxpayers' demand for budge-cutting against his party leaders' itch for patronage. Between 1900 and 1979 the story is told of the rogues (Penrose, the Vares, and Cianfrani), the reformers (Pinchot, Leader, and Duff), and the greater number whose real achievements were dimmed by implications of corruption (Earle, Fine, and Shapp). On balance the author tends toward Henry Adams' assessment of the Pennsylvanian: "In practical matters it was the steadiest of all American types; perhaps the most efficient; certainly the safest.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: "Vest-Pocket Edition of the World"
Prologue: Rivalry without Rancor
The Rogues
John Wanamaker 1838-1922
The Vares 1859-1934
Edwin A. Van Valkenburg 1864-1932
A. Mitchell Palmer 1872-1936
Pinchot Republicanism
Cornelia Bryce Pinchot 1881-1960
James J. Davis 1873-1947
The Mellons 1813-1970
Joseph R. Grundy 1862-1961
The Earle Scandals
John J. McClure 1886-1965
Arthur H. James 1883-1973
The Annenbergs 1878-
Charles J. Margiotti 1891-1956
The Guffeys 1870-1970
Big Red
Edward Martin 1879-1967
M. Harvey Taylor 1876-
Tragic John Fine
The Pews 1848-1971
Clark, Dilworth, and Philadelphia Reform
Mister Clean
Hugh Scott 1900-
The Comeback of David Leo Lawrence
Genevieve Blatt 1913-
Golden Bill Scranton
George I. Bloom 1897--
Debacle
Martin Patrick Mullen 1921-
Citizen Shapp
Robert Patrick Casey 1932-
Herbert Fineman 1920-
Henry J. Cianfrani, Jr. 1923-
K. Leroy Irvis 1919-
Richard Schultz Schweiker 1926- and Henry John Heinz III 1938-
Frank C. Hilton 1909-
Epilogue: Thornburgh Election
Bibliography
Index

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