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The soul of America : the battle for our better angels

Meacham, Jon2018
"Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America, Meacham shows us how what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln, and other presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Klu Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women's rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic, crucial turning points, the battle to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear, was joined, even as it is today. While the American story has not always--or even often--been heroic, and the outcome of that battle has never been certain, in this inspiring book, Meacham reassures us, "The good news is that we have come through such darkness before," as, time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail"--
New York : Random House, 2018
xii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-377) and index.
To Hope Rather than to Fear -- The Confidence of the Whole People: Visions of the Presidency, the Ideas of Progress and Prosperity, and "We, the People" -- The Long Shadow of Appomattox: The Lost Cause, the Ku Klux Klan, and Reconstruction -- With Soul of Flame and Temper of Steel: "The Melting Pot," TR and His "Bully Pulpit," and the Progressive Promise -- A New and Good Thing in the World: The Triumph of Women's Suffrage, the Red Scare, and a New Klan -- The Crisis of the Old Order: The Great Depression, Huey Long, the New Deal, and America First -- Have You No Sense of Decency?: "Making Everyone Middle Class," the GI Bill, McCarthyism, and Modern Media -- What the Hell is the Presidency For?: "Segregation Forever," King's Crusade, and LBJ in the Crucible -- The First Duty of an American Citizen.
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Sandringham LibraryAdult Non Fiction - History973 MEAAvailable
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