The Liberal Hour by Robert Weisbrot
Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s

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An engaging be hind-the-scenes look at the lesser-known forces that fueled the profound social reforms of the 1960s

Provocative and incisive , The Liberal Hour reveals how Washington, so often portrayed as a target of reform in the 1960s, was in fact the era's most effective engine of change. The movements of the 1960s have always drawn the most attention from the decade's chroniclers, but it was in the halls of government-so often the target of protesters' wrath-that the enduring reforms of the era were produced. With nuance and panache, Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot present the real-life characters-from giants like JFK and Johnson to lesser-known senators and congressmen-who drove these reforms and were critical to the passage of key legislation. The Liberal Hour offers an engrossing portrait of this extraordinary moment when more progressive legislation was passed than in almost any other era in American history.


 

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Published July 10, 2008 by Penguin Books. 452 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Mackenzie and Weisbrot trace the shift of political power to younger liberals such as Philip Hart, Eugene McCarthy and Dan Rostenkowski through the workings of the Democratic Study Group, a party within the Democratic Party that “allowed its leaders to…galvanize a liberal coalition on significant...

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and that requires the efforts of both parties.” With Goldwater’s defeat, it seemed that liberals would be on top for a very long time — enjoying not a liberal hour but a liberal decade, even a liberal century.

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It is named for Sam Rayburn, the taciturn Texan whom most historians consider the greatest speaker of the House of Representatives to ever serve the institution, and as a sign of respect, it houses an oil painting of Rayburn, a marble sculpture of Rayburn, and a bronze statue of Rayburn.

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An engaging be hind-the-scenes look at the lesser-known forces that fueled the profound social reforms of the 1960s

Provocative and incisive , The Liberal Hour reveals how Washington, so often portrayed as a target of reform in the 1960s, was in fact the era's most effective...

Aug 17 2008 | Read Full Review of The Liberal Hour: Washington ...

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