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The politicians & the egalitarians: the hidden history of American politics

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"One of our most eminent historians reminds us of the commanding role party politics has played in America's enduring struggle against economic inequality. 'There are two keys to unlocking the secrets of American politics and American political history.' So begins The Politicians & the Egalitarians, Princeton historian Sean Wilentz's bold new work of history. First, America is built on an egalitarian tradition. At the nation's founding, Americans believed that extremes of wealth and want would destroy their revolutionary experiment in republican government. Ever since, that idea has shaped national political conflict and scored major egalitarian victories--from the Civil War and Progressive eras to the New Deal and the Great Society--along the way. Second, partisanship is a permanent fixture in America, and America is the better for it. Every major egalitarian victory in United States history has resulted neither from abandonment of partisan politics nor from social movement protests but from a convergence of protest and politics, and then sharp struggles led by principled and effective party politicians. There is little to be gained from the dream of a post-partisan world. With these two insights Sean Wilentz offers a crystal-clear portrait of American history, told through politicians and egalitarians including Thomas Paine, Abraham Lincoln, and W.E.B. Du Bois--a portrait that runs counter to current political and historical thinking. As he did with his acclaimed The Rise of American Democracy, Wilentz once again completely transforms our understanding of this nation's political and moral character"--Provided by publisher.
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subject_facetEquality -- United States -- History
Partisanship -- Political aspects -- United States -- History
Political activists -- United States -- Biography
Political culture -- United States -- History
Political parties -- United States -- History
Politicians -- United States -- Biography
Social movements -- United States -- History
Social reformers -- United States -- Biography
United States -- Politics and government
title_displayThe politicians & the egalitarians : the hidden history of American politics
title_fullThe politicians & the egalitarians : the hidden history of American politics / Sean Wilentz
The politicians and the egalitarians : the hidden history of American politics [electronic resource] / Sean Wilentz
title_shortThe politicians & the egalitarians
title_subthe hidden history of American politics
topic_facetEquality
History
Partisanship
Political activists
Political aspects
Political culture
Political parties
Politicians
Politics and government
Social movements
Social reformers