In this Book

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The fierce polarization of contemporary politics has encouraged Americans to read back into their nation's past a perpetual ideological struggle between liberals and conservatives. However, in this timely book, David S. Brown advances an original interpretation that stresses the critical role of moderate statesmen, ideas, and alliances in making our political system work. Beginning with John Adams and including such key figures as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., and Bill Clinton, Brown charts the vital if uneven progress of centrism through the centuries. Moderate opposition to both New England and southern secessionists during the early republic and later resistance to industrial oligarchy and the modern Sunbelt right are part of this persuasion's far-reaching legacy. Time and again moderates, operating under a broad canopy of coalitions, have come together to reshape the nation's electoral landscape.

Today's bitter partisanship encourages us to deny that such a moderate tradition is part of our historical development--one dating back to the Constitutional Convention. Brown offers a less polemical and far more compelling assessment of our politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotation
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Searching for the Center
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I: Patriot Kings
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. 1. Between Aristocracy and Democracy: John Adams
  2. pp. 13-41
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  1. 2. Up from Federalism: George Cabot
  2. pp. 42-69
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  1. 3. Reckoning with the Original Sunbelt Right: John Quincy Adams
  2. pp. 70-90
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  1. 4. The Jeffersonian Origins of the GOP: Abraham Lincoln
  2. pp. 91-112
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  1. Part II: Progressives
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. 5. The Last Patrician: Henry Adams
  2. pp. 115-131
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  1. 6. Between Privilege and Poverty: Theodore Roosevelt
  2. pp. 132-149
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  1. 7. Losing the Square Deal Center: William Howard Taft
  2. pp. 150-172
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  1. Part III: Pragmatists
  2. pp. 173-174
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  1. 8. “Me-Too” Republicanism Meets the New Right: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
  2. pp. 175-201
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  1. 9. West of Center: The Bushes
  2. pp. 202-232
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  1. 10. After Liberalism: Carter, Clinton, Obama
  2. pp. 233-263
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  1. Conclusion: Holding the Center
  2. pp. 264-268
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 269-286
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 287-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-336
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469629254
Print ISBN
9781469629230
MARC Record
OCLC
966768349
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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