Legacy of Leadership Governors and American History

ISBN-10: 0812240944

ISBN-13: 9780812240948

Edition: 2008

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In A Legacy of Leadership, top scholars and journalists create a new framework for understanding the contributions governors have made to defining democracy and shaping American history. Structured chronologically, A Legacy of Leadership places governors in contrast and comparison with one another as well as within the context of their times to show how a century of dramatic developments--war and peace, depression and prosperity--led governors to rethink and expand their positions of leadership. The nine chapters of compelling new scholarship presented here connect the experiences of dynamic individual governors and the evolution of the gubernatorial office to the broader challenges the United States has faced throughout the turbulent twentieth century. Taken together, they demonstrate how interstate cooperation became essential as governors increasingly embraced national and international perspectives to promote their own states' competitiveness. Published for the centennial of the National Governors Association, A Legacy of Leadership is an eloquent demonstration of how, to a great extent, we live in a country that governors created.
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List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 6/18/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Introduction: Governing the Twentieth Century: Building a History of the Modern Governorship
Governing the 1910s
Challenges of a New Century: Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive Era
Governing the 1920s and 1930s
Huey Long and the Great Depression: Rise of a Populist Demagogue
Governing the 1940s
The Gangbuster as Governor: Thomas E. Dewey and the Republican New Deal
Governing the 1950s
Connecting the United States: Governors and the Building of the Interstate System
Governing the 1960s
Governors in the Civil Rights Era: The Wallace Factor
Governing the 1970s
Preparing for the Presidency: The Political Education of Ronald Reagan
Governing the 1980s
Devolution in American Federalism in the Twentieth Century
Governing the 1990s
The Case of Ann Richards: Women in the Gubernatorial Office
Conclusion: The Evolution of the Gubernatorial Office: United States Governors over the Twentieth Century
Afterword: Governing the Twenty-First Century
Timeline of Governors and States in the Twentieth Century
Further Resources
List of Contributors
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