Prisoners of hope : Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society, and the limits of liberalism / Randall B. Woods.

Woods, Randall Bennett, 1944-
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
461 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969.
United States -- Economic policy -- 1961-1971.
Economic assistance, Domestic -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Social legislation -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Liberalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Social policy -- 20th century.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare.
Economic assistance, Domestic.
Economic policy
Politics and government.
Social legislation.
Social policy
United States
"An eminent historian charts the origins and impact of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society "-- Provided by publisher.
"In Prisoners of Hope, prize-winning historian Randall B. Woods presents the first comprehensive history of the Great Society, exploring both the breathtaking possibilities of visionary politics, as well as its limits. 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 legislative initiatives 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"-- Provided by publisher.
The paradox of reform
"I am a Roosevelt New Dealer"; liberalism ascendant
Funding the Great Society and the War on Poverty
The second reconstruction
The mandate: the election of 1964
Liberal nationalism versus the American Creed: the Great Society form schoolroom to hospital
March to Freedom: Selma and the Voting Rights Act
Cultures of poverty
Progressivism redux: the challenges of social engineering
Nativism at bay: immigration and the Latino Movement
The new conservation
Guns and butter
The search for a new kind of freedom
The imp of the perverse: community action and welfare rights
Reform under siege
Whiplash: urban rioting and the War on Crime
A "rice-roots revolution": The great society in Vietnam
American dystopia.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
9780465050963 (hardback)
0465050964 (hardback)
9780465098712 (ebook)
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