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Gun control, voting rights, family planning, and environmental protection—these are all hot-button issues today, but they were also the same difficult and intractable issues that Senator Joseph D. Tydings of Maryland faced during his tenure in the Senate in the 1960s.

In this timely memoir, Tydings looks back on a life of public service, from the Maryland General Assembly to chief federal prosecutor in Maryland and ultimately to the United States Senate. As an early “Kennedy Man,” Tydings’s political stock soared, but it just as quickly crashed because of his willingness to go “against the grain” on perhaps one progressive issue too many.

As the adopted son of a US senator, grandson of an adviser to three US presidents, and step-grandson of perhaps the wealthiest woman of her age, Tydings nevertheless made his own way, rising from horse platoon corporal in war-ravaged Germany to legislative reformer. He prosecuted fellow Democrats for fraud, stood up to presidents over Supreme Court nominees and the war in Vietnam, and faced down segregationists over voting rights. His family planning initiatives are still in effect. He battled the National Rifle Association over gun control—and suffered the consequences.

After a decade of political assassinations, from the Kennedy brothers to Martin Luther King Jr., and a turn to the right with the election of Richard Nixon, America’s political climate soured for progressive politics, and Tydings narrowly lost reelection.

My Life in Progressive Politics provides an important, insider account of a landmark era in American politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Joe Biden
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Part I. A Political Life
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  1. Chapter 1. Against the Grain
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter 2. Oakington
  2. pp. 9-29
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  1. Chapter 3. A Plan for Life
  2. pp. 30-44
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  1. Part II. Reform and Independence
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Chapter 4. Against the Legislative Tide
  2. pp. 47-60
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  1. Chapter 5. Regulating Savings and Loan Associations
  2. pp. 61-71
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  1. Chapter 6. Kennedy Man
  2. pp. 72-89
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  1. Chapter 7. A Prosecutor the Organization Didn’t Want
  2. pp. 90-95
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  1. Chapter 8. A Thirty-Two-Month Learning Experience
  2. pp. 96-132
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  1. Chapter 9. A Tangle of Savings and Loan Scams
  2. pp. 133-153
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  1. Chapter 10. Kidnapping, Murder, and Assassination
  2. pp. 154-165
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  1. Chapter 11. Challenging the Democratic Machine
  2. pp. 166-184
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  1. Chapter 12. A Break with the Past
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. Part III. A Freshman Senator’s Voice
  2. pp. 193-194
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  1. Chapter 13. Defending the Great Warren Court Decisions
  2. pp. 195-209
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  1. Chapter 14. “A Voteless People Is a Hopeless People”
  2. pp. 210-229
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  1. Chapter 15. Fairness in Federal Court
  2. pp. 230-246
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  1. Chapter 16. Congress and the City of Washington
  2. pp. 247-260
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  1. Part IV. The Hardest Fights
  2. pp. 261-262
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  1. Chapter 17. Vietnam and the Political Costs of War
  2. pp. 263-276
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  1. Chapter 18. The Environment and Overpopulation
  2. pp. 277-291
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  1. Chapter 19. Gun Control
  2. pp. 292-303
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  1. Chapter 20. One Progressive Position Too Many
  2. pp. 304-323
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  1. Chapter 21. Citizen Public Service
  2. pp. 324-338
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  1. Epilogue: An Open Letter to My Grandchildren (and Their Generation)
  2. pp. 339-344
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 345-346
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 347-362
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  1. Back Cover
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  1. Image Plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781623496289
Related ISBN
9781623496272
MARC Record
OCLC
1002693068
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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