The Populist Persuasion: An American History

Front Cover
Cornell University Press, Oct 29, 1998 - History - 387 pages
1 Review
"Michael Kazin enables us to begin to understand the way in which populism has changed from a politics of the left to a politics of the right. The important questions raised by the success of the populist right in the United States are illuminated in Kazin's splendid and timely book."—Thomas Bender, The Nation"Kazin shows populism's canny ability to mix homespun rhetoric and political savvy. . . . The book explains something very important in American life with scrupulous fairness and a keen eye for the humanizing detail. It is as good a road map as we have to the politics of the people who work hard and play by the rules."—Christopher Caldwell, The Wall Street Journal"A perceptive and passionately liberal book. . . . Beginning with the antislavery crusade of the 1840's, [Kazin] skillfully surveys more than a century of mass protests, using imagery and symbolism as his guides."—David Oshinsky, The New York Times For this revised edition, Michael Kazin has rewritten the final chapter, bringing his coverage of populism up to the present (including a discussion of the 1996 presidential election) and added a conclusion.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

THE POPULIST PERSUASION

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

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
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1998)

Michael Kazin is Professor of History at Georgetown University.

Bibliographic information