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Party of the People A History of the Democrats

ISBN-10: 0375507426
ISBN-13: 9780375507427
Edition: 2003
Authors: Jules Witcover
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Description: After more than two centuries of sometimes stormy, always intriguing history, the Democratic Party of the United States survives as the oldest political organization in the world. In Party of the People, veteran political chronicler Jules Witcover  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/4/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 848
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

After more than two centuries of sometimes stormy, always intriguing history, the Democratic Party of the United States survives as the oldest political organization in the world. In Party of the People, veteran political chronicler Jules Witcover traces the Democratic Party’s evolution, from its roots in the agrarian, individualistic concepts of Thomas Jefferson to its emergence as today’s progressive party of social change and economic justice. Witcover describes the Democrats' dramatic struggle to deÞne themselves and shares with us half a century of personal observation of the party through its most turbulent times. First called, oddly enough, the Republican Party but later known as the Democratic-Republican Party and eventually the Democratic Party, this creature of Jefferson and James Madison evolved from an early ideological and personal struggle with the commerce-minded Alexander Hamilton. Seasoned by the populism of Andrew Jackson, the party was nearly undone by the “peculiar institution” of slavery in the South, which led to the birth of the rival Republican Party and to the Civil War. Half a century later, America emerged from World War I under Democrat Woodrow Wilson as a reluctant international player, and from World War II under Franklin Roosevelt as a liberal bastion and global superpower. In the civil rights revolution, the party shed much of its racist past, but subsequent white middle-class resentments and the divisive Vietnam War opened the door to a rival conservatism that effectively demon-ized Democratic liberalism. Defensively, the party under Bill Clinton sought safer centrist ground and seemed on the brink of establishing a “third way," until the disastrous 2000 electoral college defeat of Al Gore left the Democrats shaken and splintered. As the new century emerges, they are debating whether to return to their liberal roots, setting themselves clearly apart from the Republicans, or press on with the centrist pursuit of a broader, less liberal constituency. In Party of the People (a perfect companion to Grand Old Party by Lewis L. Gould, a history of the Republicans published simultaneously by Random House), Jules Witcover offers a rich and comprehensive popular history of the ideas, struggles, and key Þgures that have deÞned the Democratic Party over the past two hundred years and are now

Preface and Acknowledgments
An Unwanted Pregnancy, 1775-1792
The New Party Is Born, 1792-1796
A Heartbeat from Power, 1797-1800
The New Party Takes Over, 1800-1801
The Jeffersonian Era Begins, 1801-1809
The Party Stands Alone, 1809-1827
Jacksonian Democracy, 1828-1836
Jacksonianism without Jackson, 1837-1844
Manifest Destiny, War and Compromise, 1845-1852
The Party Self-Destructs, 1853-1860
Civil War and Peace Democrats, 1861-1868
On the Road to Party Recovery, 1881-1896
The Bryan Era, 1896-1912
Wilson and the New Freedom, 1912-1915
The Great War Tests the Party, 1916-1920
The Sidewalks of New York, 1920-1933
FDR and the New Deal, 1933-1939
The Democracy Fights Fascism, 1939-1945
Truman: The Buck Stops Here, 1945-1948
The Fair Deal, and End of an Era, 1949-1952
In the Shadow of a War Hero, 1953-1960
JFK: The Party Bounces Back, 1960
The Beginning and End of the New Frontier, 1961-1963
LBJ: Rise and Fall of the Great Society, 1963-1968
Democratic Cataclysm, 1968
Reform, but Not Revival, 1968-1974
Post-Watergate Interlude, 1974-1980
Bucking the Reagan Revolution, 1981-1984
A Time for Party Soul-Searching, 1985-1991
A Different Kind of Democrat, 1992
Looking Like America, 1993-1996
Democratic Phoenix, 1997-1999
Calamity in 2000
Epilogue: The Democratic Road Ahead
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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