The Populist Persuasion: An American History by Michael KazinThe Populist Persuasion: An American History by Michael Kazin

The Populist Persuasion: An American History

byMichael Kazin

Paperback | October 29, 1998

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"Kazin has written a thoughtful and important book on one of the more consequential movements in American politics-populism. Tracing the emergence of populist campaigns from the 19th century to the present day, he looks at such movements as the labor movement, the prohibitionist crusade, Catholic radio populist Father Coughlin, the New Left, and the recent advance of conservative populism, as identified with such figures as George Wallace and Ronald Reagan. Kazin opens by saying, 'I began to write this book as a way of making sense of a painful experience: the decline of the American Left, including its liberal component, and the rise of the Right.' Anyone interested in either political tendency will find this book both informative and engaging. It is a powerful, elegantly written, and observant study that never fails to retain the reader's interest."—Library Journal

For the revised Cornell edition, Michael Kazin has rewritten the final chapter, bringing his coverage of populism up to the 1996 presidential election and added a new conclusion.

Michael Kazin is Professor of History at American University and coeditor of Dissent. His many books include War Against War, American Dreamers, and A Godly Hero.
Title:The Populist Persuasion: An American HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.34 inPublished:October 29, 1998Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Speaking for the People
1. Inheritance
2. The Righteous Commonwealth of the Late Nineteenth Century
3. Workers as Citizens: Labor and the Left in the Gompers Era
4. Onward, Christian Mothers and Soldiers: The Prohibitionist Crusade
5. Social Justice and Social Paranoia: The Catholic Populism of Father Coughlin
6. The Many and the Few: The CIO and the Embrace of Liberalism
7. A Free People Fight Back: The Rise and Fall of the Cold War Right
8. Power to Which People? The Tragedy of the White New Left
9. Stand Up for the Working Man: George Wallace and the Making of a New Right
10. The Conservative Capture: From Nixon to Reagan
11. Spinning the People
Conclusion: A Language We Need?

A Note on Method
Further Reading

From Our Editors

Michael Kazin examines the mixture of grassroots rhetoric and politic smarts which mark the populist movement. The Populist Persuasion discusses the movement's shift from left to right, surveys mass protests from 19th-century protests of slavery onward and sheds light on the political state of America today. This updated version includes a discussion of the 1996 presidential election.

Editorial Reviews

"A perceptive and passionately liberal book. . . . Beginning with the antislavery crusade of the 1840s, Kazin skillfully surveys more than a century of mass protests, using imagery and symbolism as his guides."—New York Times