A Legacy of Leadership: Governors and American History

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Clayton McClure Brooks
University of Pennsylvania Press, Jun 18, 2008 - History - 288 pages
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In A Legacy of Leadership, top scholars and journalists create a new framework for understanding the contributions governors have made to defining democracy and shaping American history.

Structured chronologically, A Legacy of Leadership places governors in contrast and comparison with one another as well as within the context of their times to show how a century of dramatic developments—war and peace, depression and prosperity—led governors to rethink and expand their positions of leadership. The nine chapters of compelling new scholarship presented here connect the experiences of dynamic individual governors and the evolution of the gubernatorial office to the broader challenges the United States has faced throughout the turbulent twentieth century. Taken together, they demonstrate how interstate cooperation became essential as governors increasingly embraced national and international perspectives to promote their own states' competitiveness.

Published for the centennial of the National Governors Association, A Legacy of Leadership is an eloquent demonstration of how, to a great extent, we live in a country that governors created.

 

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Contents

Governing the 197 Os 1 33
1
Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive
12
Governing the 19205 and 19305
35
Governing the 19405
59
Governing the 19505
81
Governing the 19605 1 1 1
111
The Political Education of Ronald
137
Governing the 19805
157
Governing the 19905
179
A N RE I D
202
Governing the TwentyFirst Century
219
Notes
247
Further Resources
273
Acknowledgments
289
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Clayton McClure Brooks is a National Governors Association Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.

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