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"With the proliferation of scholarly monographs on the conservative movement, this volume's serious engagement with US liberalism is surprisingly refreshing.  Highly Recommended."--Choice

"This impressive collection of thoughtful essays pulls together an all-star roster of prominent historians and promising younger scholars to make an important contribution to our understanding of postwar liberalism."

--Steven M. Gillon, resident historian for The History Channel and author of The Kennedy Assassination--24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson's Pivotal First Day as President


"A compelling narrative of the shifting dynamics of ideas and policy on the left end of the political spectrum."--The Journal of American History

"An exciting collection of ten essays exploring liberalism and the New Deal coalition in the twentieth century. . . . a wonderful preview of some interesting new scholarship."--The Journal of Southern History

About the Author

Jonathan Bell is a senior lecturer in the history department at the University of Reading, England, and the author of The Liberal State on Trial: The Cold War and American Politics in the Truman Years. Timothy Stanley is a Leverhulme research fellow at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and the author of Kennedy vs. Carter: The 1980 Battle for the Democratic Party's Soul.


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252036867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252036866
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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For years I have tried to define American Liberalism. This collection of essays demonstrates why it is such a difficult position to define. Liberalism in America is a moving target. The only thing that seems to be a consistent notion is that Government should take a more active role in our culture and in attaining our goals of liberty.
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