The Populist Persuasion: An American History

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Cornell University Press, Oct 29, 1998 - History - 387 pages
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"Kazin has written a thoughtful and important book on one of the more consequential movements in American politics-populism. Tracing the emergence of populist campaigns from the 19th century to the present day, he looks at such movements as the labor movement, the prohibitionist crusade, Catholic radio populist Father Coughlin, the New Left, and the recent advance of conservative populism, as identified with such figures as George Wallace and Ronald Reagan. Kazin opens by saying, 'I began to write this book as a way of making sense of a painful experience: the decline of the American Left, including its liberal component, and the rise of the Right.' Anyone interested in either political tendency will find this book both informative and engaging. It is a powerful, elegantly written, and observant study that never fails to retain the reader's interest."—Library Journal

For the revised Cornell edition, Michael Kazin has rewritten the final chapter, bringing his coverage of American populism up to the 1996 presidential election, and he has added a new conclusion.

 

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THE POPULIST PERSUASION

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A timely history of the American politicians and publicists who have appealed to ``the people.'' Kazin (History/American Univ.; Barons of Labor, not reviewed) shows how populist language has a ... Read full review

The populist persuasion: an American history

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Kazin (history, American Univ.) has written a thoughtful and important book on one of the more consequential movements in American politics-populism. Tracing the emergence of populist campaigns from ... Read full review

Contents

Inheritance
9
The Righteous Commonwealth of the Late Nineteenth Century
27
Labor and the Left in the Gompers Era
49
The Prohibitionist Crusade
79
The Catholic Populism
109
The CIO and the Embrace of Liberalism
135
The Rise and Fall of the Cold War Right
165
Power to Which People? The Tragedy of the White New Left
195
George Wallace and the Making
221
From Nixon to Reagan
245
Spinning the People
269
A Language We Need?
287
NOTES
293
GOOD READING
364
INDEX
371
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About the author (1998)

Michael Kazin is Professor of History at Georgetown University.