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The Populist Persuasion


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Speaking for the People
1. Inheritance
2. The Righteous Commonwealth of the Late Nineteenth Century
3. Workers as Citizens: Labor and the Left in the Gompers Era
4. Onward, Christian Mothers and Soldiers: The Prohibitionist Crusade
5. Social Justice and Social Paranoia: The Catholic Populism of Father Coughlin
6. The Many and the Few: The CIO and the Embrace of Liberalism
7. A Free People Fight Back: The Rise and Fall of the Cold War Right
8. Power to Which People? The Tragedy of the White New Left
9. Stand Up for the Working Man: George Wallace and the Making of a New Right
10. The Conservative Capture: From Nixon to Reagan
11. Spinning the People
Conclusion: A Language We Need?A Note on Method
Further Reading

About the Author

Michael Kazin is Professor of History at Georgetown University and coeditor ofDissent. His many books includeWar Against War, American Dreamers, and A Godly Hero.


"A perceptive and passionately liberal book. Beginning with the antislavery crusade of the 1840s, Kazin skillfully surveys more than a century of mass protests, using imagery and symbolism as his guides."

* New York times *

"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."


"The important questions raised by the success of the populist right in the United States are illuminated in Kazin's splendid and timely book."


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