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Making Sense of American Liberalism

Jonathan Bell and Timothy Stanley


This book offers refreshing and intelligent new perspectives on postwar American liberalism. The book challenges popular myths about liberalism in the United States. It presents the Democratic Party and liberal reform efforts such as civil rights, feminism, labor, and environmentalism as a more united, more radical force than has been depicted in scholarship and the media emphasizing the decline and disunity of the left. Chapters assess the problems liberals have confronted in the twentieth century, examine their strategies for change, and chart the successes and potential for future liberal r ... More

Keywords: postwar liberalism, American liberalism, Democratic Party, liberal reform, civil rights, feminism, labor, environmentalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036866
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Bell, editor
University of Reading

Timothy Stanley, editor
University of Oxford

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Front Matter


Timothy Stanley and Jonathan Bell

Part I Liberals and the Left

1 Partners for Progress?

Doug Rossinow

3 Going Beyond the New Deal

Timothy Stanley

4 From Friends to Foes

Bruce Miroff

Part II Liberals and Urban Policy

Part III Coalitions