By Michael A. Cohen
"In his presidential inaugural deal with of January 1965, Lyndon Johnson provided an uplifting imaginative and prescient for the United States, one who may finish poverty and racial injustice. Elected in a landslide over the conservative Republican Barry Goldwater and strengthened by means of the so-called liberal consensus, financial prosperity, and a powerful wave of nostalgia for his martyred predecessor, John Kennedy, Johnson introduced the main ambitious govt schedule in many years. 3 years later, every little thing had replaced. Johnson's approval scores had plummeted; the liberal consensus used to be shattered; the warfare in Vietnam splintered the country; and the politics of civil rights had created a fierce white backlash. A file from the nationwide Committee for a good Congress warned of a "national frightened breakdown." The election of 1968 was once instantly stuck up in a swirl of robust forces, and the 9 males who sought the nation's maximum workplace that yr tried to trip them to victory-or in basic terms live to tell the tale them. at the Democratic aspect, Eugene McCarthy energized the anti-war move; George Wallace spoke to the working-class white backlash; Robert Kennedy took at the mantle of his slain brother. Entangled in Vietnam, Johnson, stunningly, opted to not run back, scrambling the chances. at the Republican aspect, 1968 observed the vindication of Richard Nixon, who outhustled Nelson Rockefeller, Ronald Reagan and George Romney, via navigating among the conservative and average wings of the Republican celebration. The assassinations of first Martin Luther King, Jr., after which Kennedy appeared to push the rustic to the edge of chaos, a chaos mirrored within the Democratic conference in Chicago, a televised horror express. vp Hubert Humphrey emerged because the nominee, and, ultimately freeing himself from Johnson's grip, approximately overcame the lead lengthy loved via Nixon who, through exploiting department and channeling the nationwide craving for order, could be the final guy status. In American Maelstrom, Michael A. Cohen captures the complete drama of this watershed election, developing 1968 because the hinge among the decline of political liberalism, the ascendancy of conservative populism, and the increase of anti-government attitudes that proceed to dominate the nation's political discourse. during this sweeping and immersive e-book, equivalent elements compelling research and exciting narrative, Cohen takes us to the very resource of our smooth politics of division." -- Publisher's description Read more...
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In 1963, 78 percent said they would either definitely or might move in such a situation. 24 Johnson’s reaction to these attitudes did not help matters. ” This approach effectively ignored the growing sense among white working-class voters that those pushing the hardest for racial integration cared little about the impact of these policies on their lives. “Everyone, deep down, wants something a little better for his children,” Johnson said in justifying his ambitions. 25 The fight for control of predominately white urban neighborhoods increasingly became a zero-sum game.
A i n ’ t G o n n a P u t U p w i t h I t M u c h L o n g e r ” ■ 1 7 Medicare for the aged, Medicaid for the needy; more money for medical research and a host of new initiatives on mental health and children’s health care; voting rights and urban development for blacks; immigration reform for Asians and Hispanics; legal services and job training for the poor; restrictions on air and water pollution and highway beautification for the emerging environmental movement; a new Department of Transportation, tougher highway and traffic safety laws for the nation’s drivers, and mass transit moneys for city-dwellers; and new agencies promoting the humanities and arts for cultural edification.
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