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The soul of America : the battle for our better angels, Jon Meacham

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The soul of America : the battle for our better angels
Title
The soul of America
Title remainder
the battle for our better angels
Statement of responsibility
Jon Meacham
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of presidents including, besides Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, 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 to finish the fight against Jim Crow. In 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 been heroic, and the outcome of our battles never certain, in this inspiring book Meacham reassures us,"the good news is that we have come through darkness before"--as, time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail. Advance praise for The Soul of America "This is a brilliant, fascinating, timely, and above all profoundly important book. Jon Meacham explores the extremism and racism that have infected our politics, and he draws enlightening lessons from the knowledge that we've faced such trials before."--Walter Isaacson "Jon Meacham has done it again, this time with a historically rich and gracefully written account of America's long struggle with division in our immigrant nation and the heroic efforts to heal the wounds. It should be in every home and on every student's desk."--Tom Brokaw"--
  • "The 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 won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, and others, 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 Communist witch hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade to finish the fight against Jim Crow. In 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 writes, "The good news is that we have come through darkness before," as time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
Dewey number
973
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.1
LC item number
.M4977 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The soul of America : the battle for our better angels, Jon Meacham
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
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 construction -- With Soul of Flame and Temper of Steel -- A Great and New 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's the Presidency For?: 'Segregation Forever,' King's Crusade, and LBJ in the Crucible -- The First Duty of an American Citizen
Control code
on1022199604
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780399589812
Lccn
2018010451
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1022199604
Label
The soul of America : the battle for our better angels, Jon Meacham
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 construction -- With Soul of Flame and Temper of Steel -- A Great and New 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's the Presidency For?: 'Segregation Forever,' King's Crusade, and LBJ in the Crucible -- The First Duty of an American Citizen
Control code
on1022199604
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780399589812
Lccn
2018010451
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1022199604

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