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The workshop of democracy / by James MacGregor Burns.

By: Burns, James MacGregor.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Burns, James MacGregor. American experiment (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.): v. 2.Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1985Edition: 1st ed.Description: xi, 671 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0394505468; 9780394505466.Subject(s): United States -- History -- 1865-1921 | United States -- History -- 1919-1933Additional physical formats: Online version:: Workshop of democracy.; Online version:: Workshop of democracy.DDC classification: 973 LOC classification: E661 | .B97 1985
Contents:
War of liberation -- Reconstruction of slavery -- Forces of production -- Structure of classes -- Power of ideas -- Brokers of politics -- Urban progressives -- Modernizing mind -- Reformation of economic power -- Cauldron of leadership -- New freedom -- Over there -- Fight for the league -- Age of Mellon -- Commercialized culture -- Vacant workshop.
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E661 .B97 1985 (Browse shelf) Available 0000100034941

Bibliography: p. 563-638.

War of liberation -- Reconstruction of slavery -- Forces of production -- Structure of classes -- Power of ideas -- Brokers of politics -- Urban progressives -- Modernizing mind -- Reformation of economic power -- Cauldron of leadership -- New freedom -- Over there -- Fight for the league -- Age of Mellon -- Commercialized culture -- Vacant workshop.

Includes index.

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CHOICE Review

Burns has again demonstrated that sophisticated scholarship can be handsomely packaged for a mass audience. Working from a wide array of secondary sources, Burns has fashioned a fresh and often penetrating synthesis of current wisdom, covering the period from the Civil War to the onset of the Great Depression. Scholars will find little that is new in Burns's treatment of such themes as race relations, the rise of big business, Gilded Age culture, Populism, Progressivism, Woodrow Wilson's crusade to make the world safe for democracy, and the business culture of the 1920s. But readers at every level will delight in the author's sprightly style, especially in the many biographical sketches that humanize the narrative. In the first volume of this projected trilogy, The Vineyard of Liberty (CH, Jun '82), Burns explored a large theme-the failure of ``transforming leadership'' to realize the democratic promise of the Constitution, or even to hold the country together. The leadership issue infuses this second volume also, albeit-happily-in a more muted form. Burns's real achievement here is to explain, clearly and pungently, how American society matured between 1862 and 1932. Because Burns tries to touch so many bases along the way, he occasionally oversimplifies, and his transitions are too often awkward. Taken whole, however, this is a model popular history. No annotation or bibliography, but detailed references following the text. Excellent index. Highly recommended for all libraries.-M. Birkner, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Author notes provided by Syndetics

James MacGregor Burns was born in Melrose, Massachusetts on August 3, 1918. After graduating from Williams College, he went to Washington and worked as a congressional aide. During World War II, he served as an Army combat historian in the Pacific and received a Bronze Star. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He did postdoctoral work at the London School of Economics. He taught at Williams College. <p> His first book, Congress on Trial: The Legislative Process and the Administrative State, was published in 1949. After his second book, Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox, he ran for Congress in 1958 and lost. During the campaign he became acquainted with John F. Kennedy and received unrestricted access to Kennedy, his staff and his records. This resulted in the book John Kennedy: A Political Profile. His other works included The Deadlock of Democracy, The Power to Lead: The Crisis of the American Presidency, and Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World. Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom won the Pulitzer Prize, the Parkman Prize, and the National Book Award. The first volume of The American Experiment also received a Pulitzer Prize. He died on July 15, 2014 at the age of 95. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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