New PDF release: American Maelstrom : the 1968 election and the politics of

By Michael A. Cohen

ISBN-10: 019977756X

ISBN-13: 9780199777563

"In his presidential inaugural tackle of January 1965, Lyndon Johnson provided an uplifting imaginative and prescient for the United States, person who might finish poverty and racial injustice. Elected in a landslide over the conservative Republican Barry Goldwater and reinforced via the so-called liberal consensus, monetary prosperity, and a powerful wave of nostalgia for his martyred predecessor, John Kennedy, Johnson introduced the main ambitious Read more...

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New PDF release: American Maelstrom : the 1968 election and the politics of

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In foreign policy, the Cold War bipartisan consensus was shattered, as liberals began to voice the first comprehensive critique of American foreign policy since the dawn of the nuclear age. It was the year in which the Democratic Party’s New Deal coalition of labor, blacks, southerners, and white ethnics began its slow multi-year decline. The influence of traditional powerbrokers, like big city mayors and union leaders, also began to wane as Democratic politics took a decided turn to the left. For Republicans, the 1968 election confirmed the party’s shift to the right and the ascendancy of the conservative movement within the GOP.

32 Beyond the statistics, crime is one of those issues in which anecdote, perception, and emotion play a dominant role. Constant media portrayals of the rising tide of disorder heightened public unease. Magazines like US News and World Report showed a city-by-city breakdown of the crime rates and the frequency of various acts of violence, “a murder every hour,” “a rape every 23 minutes,” and so on. ” Writing for the same magazine, Garry Wills traveled the country, talking to police officers in departments gearing up for racial disorders as if preparing to face off against the Soviets.

His inaugural address spoke directly to this possibility. In tones alternately inspirational and solemn, and in language plain-spoken, Johnson told his countrymen, “Men want to be a part of a common enterprise—a cause greater than themselves. Each of us must find a way to advance the purpose of the Nation, thus finding new purpose for ourselves. ”10 For all of Johnson’s soaring rhetoric and the heady tone of harmony that resounded in the nation’s capital, America’s path looked very different than the one described by its president.

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