When America was great the fighting faith of postwar liberalism
Mattson, Kevin, 1966-

When America was great the fighting faith of postwar liberalism

Mattson, Kevin, 1966-


Personal Author
Mattson, Kevin, 1966-

Publication Information
New York : Routledge, 2004.

Physical Description
1 online resource (x, 231 p.

Introduction : Endings and beginnings -- Characters : the unspoken virtues of liberalism -- Enemies : the integrity of liberal anticommunism -- Values : The pay-offs and problems of pluralism -- Loves : the nation as beloved community -- Hopes : liberalism and the quality of public life -- Tragedies and conclusions.

In the midst of Eisenhower's America, at the peak of the conservative Cold War era, a movement of thinkers and writers defined a pragmatic liberal vision for America. In this tale that will redefine the word "liberal" for a new generation, Mattson retraces the intellectual journey of these towering figures--from historians Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and C. Vann Woodward, to economist John Kenneth Galbraith and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. They served in the Second World War. They opposed communism but also wanted to make America's poor visible to the affluent society. Contrary to those who characterize liberals as naïve or sentimental "bleeding hearts," they had a tough-minded and nuanced vision that stressed both human limitations and hope. They felt America should stand for something more than just a strong economy.--From publisher's description.

Subject Term
Liberalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.

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LibraryMaterial TypeItem BarcodeCall NumberShelf LocationStatus
University LibraryeBookER126412JC574.2 .U6 M28 2004Electronic ResourcesE-resources