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Why we fight : Congress and the politics of World War II

Author: Nancy Beck Young
Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, ©2013.
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"History tells us that World War II united Americans, but as in other conflicts it was soon back to politics as usual. Nancy Beck Young argues that the illusion of cooperative congressional behavior actually masked internecine party warfare over the New Deal.
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Beck Young
ISBN: 9780700619177 0700619178
OCLC Number: 818143744
Description: xiii, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The world before the war --
Bringing home the bacon: Congress and the economics of war --
"We'll get down and fight" over resource management --
"Congress does have power" over the president --
"A lesson to the president": labor legislation --
Human rights or human wrongs? Congress, pluralism, and social justice --
"The dregs of Europe": a conflicted refugee policy --
A "virtual black-out of civil liberties" and the politics of prejudice --
"Saving America for Americans": the fascistic origins of the second red scare --
Epilogue: the world the war made.
Responsibility: Nancy Beck Young.

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A study of Congress at the crossroads between the New Deal and the postwar era, showing that the wartime political dynamic established the dominant patterns for national politics through the  Read more...

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"Shows how the war, far from simply marking the end of an era of reform, remained a time of struggle and contest over issues that would persist long into the postwar period." "Journal of Southern Read more...

 
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