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Moderates

The Vital Centre of American Politics, from the Founding to Today

David S. Brown (author)

ISBN: 9781469629230

Publication Date: Jan 2017

Format: Hardback

The fierce polarisation 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 the US political system work.
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The fierce polarisation of contemporary politics has encouragedAmericans to read back into their nation's past a perpetual ideologicalstruggle between liberals and conservatives. However, in this timely book,David S. Brown advances an original interpretation that stresses the criticalrole of moderate statesmen, ideas, and alliances in making our politicalsystem work. Beginning with John Adams and including such key figuresas Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., and BillClinton, Brown charts the vital if uneven progress of centrism through thecenturies. Moderate opposition to both New England and southern secessionistsduring the early republic and later resistance to industrial oligarchyand 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 moderatetradition is part of our historical development–one dating back to theConstitutional Convention. Brown offers a less polemical and far more compellingassessment of our politics.
Pages 328
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 16 Jan 2017
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
Subject/s History: specific events & topics   Political structure & processes   Liberalism & centre democratic ideologies  
David S. Brown is the Raffensperger Professor of History at Elizabethtown College. His published works include Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography.

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