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The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels (Hardback)

By Meacham, Jon

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With clarity and purpose, Meacham explores contentious periods and how presidents and citizens came together to defeat the forces of anger, intolerance, and extremism. Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Li...ncoln called othe better angels of our natureo have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women's rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life has been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear-a struggle that continues even now. While the American story has not always-or even often-been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times. In this inspiring book, Meacham reassures us, oThe good news is that we have come through such darkness beforeo-as, time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail.
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ISBN 9780399589812
Released AU 8 Jul 2018
Publisher Random House
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780399589812
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House USA Inc
Released 8 Jul 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Meacham, Jon
Category American History
Social & Cultural History
Civil Rights & Citizenship
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 235mm
Dewey Code 973
Weight 567g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Political culture - History - United States, Social values - History - United States, National characteristics, American, HISTORY / United States / General, HISTORY / Social History
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade

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