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Prisoners of Hope : Lyndon B. Johnson, The Great Society, and the Limits of Liberalism (Hardcover)

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"In Prisoners of Hope, prize-winning historian Randall Woods presents the first comprehensive history of the Great Society, exploring both the breathtaking possibilities of politics, as well as the limits of liberalism. During his first two years in office, Johnson passed a host of historic liberal legislation as part of his Great Society campaign, from the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act to the 1964 Food Stamp Act, Medicare, and Medicaid. But Johnson's ambitious vision for constructing a better, stronger America contained within it the seeds of the program's own destruction. A consummate legislator, Johnson controlled Congress like no president before or since. But as Woods shows, Johnson faced mounting resistance to his legislativeinitiatives after the 1966 midterm elections, and not always from the Southern whites who are typically thought to have been his opponents. As white opposition to his policies mounted, Johnson was forced to make a number of devastating concessions in order to secure the passage of further Great Society legislation. Even as Americans benefited from the Great Society, millions were left disappointed, from suburban whites to the new anti-war left to urban blacks. Their disillusionment would help give rise to powerful new factions in both the Democratic and Republican parties. The issues addressed by Lyndon Johnson and his cohort remain before the American people today, as we've witnessed in the fight for Obamacare, the racial unrest in St. Louis and Baltimore, and the bitter debate over immigration. As Prisoners of Hope tragically demonstrates, America is still fundamentally at war over the legacy of the Great Society"--
Number of Pages: 461.0
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History, Political Science
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Author: Randall B. Woods
Language: English
Street Date: April 5, 2016
TCIN: 51101537
UPC: 9780465050963
Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-6452

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