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Don't blame us : suburban liberals and the transformation of the Democratic Party

Author: Lily Geismer
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton Univ. Press, 2015.
Series: Politics and society in twentieth-century America
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Don't Blame Us traces the reorientation of modern liberalism and the Democratic Party away from their roots in labor union halls of northern cities to white-collar professionals in postindustrial high-tech suburbs, and casts new light on the importance of suburban liberalism in modern American political culture. Focusing on the suburbs along the high-tech corridor of Route 128 around Boston, Lily Geismer challenges  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lily Geismer
ISBN: 9780691157238 0691157235
OCLC Number: 903227241
Description: xvi, 368 Seiten : Illustrationen, Karte.
Contents: Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi Abbreviations xv Introduction 1 Part I Suburban Activism 1 No Ordinary Suburbs 19 2 Good Neighbors 43 3 A Multiracial World 71 4 Grappling with Growth 97 5 Political Action for Peace 123 Part II Massachusetts Liberals 6 A New Center 149 7 Open Suburbs vs. Open Space 173 8 Tightening the Belt 199 9 No One Home to Answer the Phone 227 10 From Taxachusetts to the Massachusetts Miracle 251 Epilogue 281 Notes 289 Index 357
Series Title: Politics and society in twentieth-century America
Responsibility: Lily Geismer.

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"Don't Blame Us traces the reorientation of modern liberalism and the Democratic Party away from their roots in labor union halls of northern cities to white-collar professionals in postindustrial high-tech suburbs, and casts new light on the importance of suburban liberalism in modern American political culture. Focusing on the suburbs along the high-tech corridor of Route 128 around Boston, Lily Geismer challenges conventional scholarly assessments of Massachusetts exceptionalism, the decline of liberalism, and suburban politics in the wake of the rise of the New Right and the Reagan Revolution in the 1970s and 1980s. Although only a small portion of the population, knowledge professionals in Massachusetts and elsewhere have come to wield tremendous political leverage and power. By probing the possibilities and limitations of these suburban liberals, this rich and nuanced account shows that ... far from being an exception to national trends ... the suburbs of Massachusetts offer a model for understanding national political realignment and suburban politics in the second half of the twentieth century."

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