The Resource Liberalism and American identity, Patrick M. Garry, (electronic resource)

Liberalism and American identity, Patrick M. Garry, (electronic resource)

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Liberalism and American identity
Title
Liberalism and American identity
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Patrick M. Garry
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Language
eng
Summary
Since, 1968, liberalism as a viable political ideology has been under attack, with the most aggressive assault occurring in the 1988 presidential campaign. While conservatives denounced the 'L-word' and proclaimed its death as a political ideology, liberals and Democrats failed to defend America's proud liberal tradition. Liberals have yet to take the ideological offensive. Indeed, without a clear ideological identity, it is not surprising that the Democratic party appears uncertain as to its future political message, particularly as it prepares for the 1992 election. In Liberalism and American Identity, Patrick Garry presents a coherent and well-argued thesis of the meaning and importance of liberalism in American politics. His is the first work that attempts to rejuvenate political liberalism since the devastating attack on it during the 1980s. Presenting a workable definition of liberalism, Garry demonstrates the vital role it has played, and can continue to play, in American history. His examination of the liberal ideology and tradition in American politics reveals not only the nation's liberal identity, but also the conservative tendency to label liberalism 'un-American' as a means to circumvent discussion of social problems. Garry defines liberalism through historical examples and the beliefs and leadership of prominent Americans, namely Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy. He then applies these principles to a discussion of current politics and the problems of crime, poverty, and national defense. Although arguing that the conservative attack during the 1980s greatly misrepresented the American liberal tradition, Garry also acknowledges that changes within accepted liberal doctrines during the 1960s and 1970s led to a deviation of contemporary liberalism from its roots. This betrayal of liberalism and its degeneration into special interest politics, he asserts, caused an identity crisis among liberals and alienated large segments of the American electorate previously supportive of the politics of Roosevelt, Truman, and Kennedy. In an effort to resolve the recent problems of liberals, Garry outlines a future direction for liberalism in America. For a public uncertain of its political course, and for liberals seeking a reinvigoration of their creed, this is an important and timely book
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Midwest
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Garry, Patrick M
Dewey number
320.5/1/0973
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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adult
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Liberalism and American identity, Patrick M. Garry, (electronic resource)
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multicolored
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1 online resource
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Label
Liberalism and American identity, Patrick M. Garry, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11753581
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11753581
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Publisher number
MWT11753581
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11753581
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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