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Hubert H. Humphrey : the politics of joy

Author: Charles Lloyd Garrettson
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, ©1993.
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"Calls for greater morality in government and among politicians are a fixture of American political culture. Although there is no lack of opinion on what political morality means and how it might be achieved, few commentators have considered these questions in practical terms. In this major contemporary analysis of the life and work of Hubert H. Humphrey, Charles L. Garrettson examines Humphrey's career to provide  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Hubert H Humphrey; Hubert H Humphrey; Hubert H (Politiker) Humphrey; Hubert H Humphrey
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Lloyd Garrettson
ISBN: 1560000295 9781560000297
OCLC Number: 24318433
Description: xv, 372 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. The dream. 1. Idealism born : Doland, South Dakota ; 2. Idealism embodied : The New Deal as the Kingdom nearly come ; 3. Idealism triumphant : into the bright sunshine --
Pt. 2. The fact. 4. Idealism tempered : "The most miserable period of my life" ; 5. Idealism applied : The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ; 6. The irony of idealism applied : Vietnam ; 7. HHH & Vietnam : a retrospection --
Pt. 3. Analysis. 8. The Social Gospel unleashed ; 9. Dream and fact amalgamated : HHH as nearly Christian realist ; 10. The politics of joy --
Appendix A : the active Humphrey --
Appendix B : the humane Humphrey --
Appendix C : Significant sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 --
Appendix D : EDCOR in detail --
Appendix E : the complete 15 February 1965 Memo --
Appendix F : Humphrey and Mansfield on Vietnam --
Appendix G : the economic Humphrey --
Appendix H : the effective Humphrey.
Responsibility: Charles Lloyd Garrettson III ; with a foreword by William Lee Miller.
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"Calls for greater morality in government and among politicians are a fixture of American political culture. Although there is no lack of opinion on what political morality means and how it might be achieved, few commentators have considered these questions in practical terms. In this major contemporary analysis of the life and work of Hubert H. Humphrey, Charles L. Garrettson examines Humphrey's career to provide an explanatory approach to the application of religious or moral principles to political practice. He does so without reducing this theme to sentiment or cynicism. Humphrey's life and career constituted a striking and often conflicted amalgam of personal idealism and political realism. His ideals came literally from Main Street, America, and on them he rode straight to Washington, D.C. to fulfill an exalted and selfless dream of public service. His years there, however, coincided with one of the most significant, tumultuous, and challenging times in American history: the 1960s--a time not noted for its emphasis on Main Street values. Garrettson perceives a profound irony at the center of Humphrey's life; the very source of strength that brought him his greatest triumph and joy--his role in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and thus the vice presidency--also brought him his greatest failure and grief--the presidential campaign of 1968 and his vulnerability on the issue of the Vietnam War. Combining biography, history, and theoretical analysis, Hubert H. Humphrey: The Politics of Joy is built around essential defining questions: is morality principally a matter of belief or action; or is it instead a consistent, though admittedly tenuous, balancing of both. In testing Humphrey's life and career against these questions, Garrettson provides a necessary exercise in social science and a profound reflection on what it means to be moral in the political world."--book jacket.

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