Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 1, 2013 - History - 706 pages
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“Fear Itself deeply reconceptualizes the New Deal and raises countless provocative questions.”—David Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Freedom from Fear

Redefining our traditional understanding of the New Deal, Fear Itself finally examines this pivotal American era through a sweeping international lens that juxtaposes a struggling democracy with enticing ideologies like Fascism and Communism. Ira Katznelson, “a towering figure in the study of American and European history” (Cornel West), boldly asserts that, during the 1930s and 1940s, American democracy was rescued yet distorted by a unified band of southern lawmakers who safeguarded racial segregation as they built a new national state to manage capitalism and assert global power. This original study brings to vivid life the politicians and pundits of the time, including Walter Lippmann, who argued that America needed a dose of dictatorship; Mississippi’s five-foot-two Senator Theodore Bilbo, who advocated the legal separation of races; and Robert Oppenheimer, who built the atomic bomb yet was tragically undone by the nation’s hysteria. Fear Itself is a necessary work, vital to understanding our world—a world the New Deal first made.
  

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User Review  - Rebekkah - Goodreads

Katznelson presented a new way of looking at the New Deal. Read full review

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User Review  - Tomer Mozes-sadeh - Goodreads

Prof. Katznelson has achieved a great achievement - He has presented a new look to an historical consensus and he did that in a way we all can understand. As an Israeli citizen I knew about the great ... Read full review

Contents

Triumph and Sorrow
3
FIght agaInst Fear
27
Pilot Judge Senator
58
Strong Medicine
96
southern Cage
131
Jim Crow Congress
156
Ballots for Soldiers
195
Radical Moment
227
Unrestricted War
317
DemoCraCys PrICe
365
Wildest Hopes
403
Armed and Loyal
442
January 1953
467
Notes
487
Acknowledgments
661
Copyright

The First Crusade
276

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About the author (2013)

Ira Katznelson is Columbia University's Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History. Having served as president of the American Political Science Association, he is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is also the author of Fear Itself and When Affirmative Action Was White.

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