The Democrats: From Jefferson to Clinton

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University of Missouri Press, Oct 1, 1995 - Political Science - 304 pages

Interlacing humor into his ongoing narrative, Robert Allen Rutland provides in The Democrats a readable, balanced account of how the Democratic party was founded, evolved, nearly died, and came back in the twentieth century, flourishing as a political melting pot despite numerous setbacks. This updated version of Rutland's much-heralded The Democrats: From Jefferson to Carter provides new insight into the long hiatus in the Democrats' presence in the White House between Carter and Clinton. In additon to analyzing Carter's successes and failures as president, Rutland also examines the forces that went into the Democratic defeats and Republican victories in 1980, 1984, and 1988, concluding with the election of another Jeffersonian Democrat, William Jefferson Clinton. The book ends with an examination of the dramatic results of the 1994 congressional elections that began to alert President Clinton to the challenge he would face in winning reelection in 1996.

 

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Contents

The Jeffersonian Genesis
1
An Era of FeelingsGood and Bad
29
The Jacksonian Revival
54
Democracy or Slavocracy?
82
Waving the Bloody Shirt
108
Cleveland Honest and Lucky
133
New Freedom New Deal and New Problems
163
The Care of Human Life and Happiness
202
Bibliographical Note
243
Index
251
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Robert Allen Rutland is author or editor of numerous books, including The Presidency of James Madison, James Madison: The Founding Father, and James Madison and the American Nation. Editor-in-Chief of The Papers of James Madison from 1971 to 1987, Rutland is Research Professor of American History at the University of Tulsa.

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