Fear Itself The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

ISBN-10: 0871404508

ISBN-13: 9780871404503

Edition: 2013

Authors: Ira Katznelson

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Redefining our traditional understanding of the New Deal, Fear Itself finally examines this pivotal American era through a sweeping international lens that juxtaposes a struggling democracy with enticing ideologies like Fascism and Communism. Ira Katznelson, a towering figure in the study of American and European history (Cornel West), boldly asserts that, during the 1930s and 1940s, American democracy was rescued yet distorted by a unified band of southern lawmakers who safeguarded racial segregation as they built a new national state to manage capitalism and assert global power. This original study brings to vivid life the politicians and pundits of the time, including Walter Lippmann, who argued that America needed a dose of dictatorship; Mississippi’s five-foot-two Senator Theodore Bilbo, who advocated the legal separation of races; and Robert Oppenheimer, who built the atomic bomb yet was tragically undone by the nation’s hysteria. Fear Itself is a necessary work, vital to understanding our world—a world the New Deal first made.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 3/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 720
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.684
Language: English

Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. He is the author of many books, including Marxism and the Cityand the award-winning Liberalism's Crooked Circle: Letters to Adam Michnik.He has served as president of the Social Science History Association and of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association.

Introduction: Triumph and Sorrow
Fight Against Fear
A Journey without Maps
Pilot, Judge, Senator
"Strong Medicine"
Southern Cage
American with a Difference
Jim Crow Congress
Ballots for Soldiers
Emergency
Radical Moment
The First Crusade
Unrestricted War
Democracy's Price
Public Procedures, Private Interests
"Wildest Hopes"
Armed and Loyal
Epilogue: January 1953
Notes
Acknowledgments
Photograph Credits
Index
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