By Michael A. Cohen
"In his presidential inaugural handle of January 1965, Lyndon Johnson provided an uplifting imaginative and prescient for the US, person who might finish poverty and racial injustice. Elected in a landslide over the conservative Republican Barry Goldwater and strengthened through the so-called liberal consensus, financial prosperity, and a powerful wave of nostalgia for his martyred predecessor, John Kennedy, Johnson introduced the main ambitious executive time table in many years. 3 years later, every thing had replaced. Johnson's approval scores had plummeted; the liberal consensus was once shattered; the warfare in Vietnam splintered the kingdom; and the politics of civil rights had created a fierce white backlash. A record from the nationwide Committee for an efficient Congress warned of a "national frightened breakdown." The election of 1968 used to be instantly stuck up in a swirl of robust forces, and the 9 males who sought the nation's maximum place of work that 12 months tried to trip them to victory-or purely continue to exist them. at the Democratic aspect, Eugene McCarthy energized the anti-war flow; 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 part, 1968 observed the vindication of Richard Nixon, who outhustled Nelson Rockefeller, Ronald Reagan and George Romney, by means of navigating among the conservative and average wings of the Republican social gathering. 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 exhibit. vp Hubert Humphrey emerged because the nominee, and, eventually freeing himself from Johnson's grip, approximately overcame the lead lengthy loved by means of 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 entire drama of this watershed election, setting up 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 publication, equivalent elements compelling research and exciting narrative, Cohen takes us to the very resource of our sleek politics of division." -- Publisher's description Read more...
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At Howard, Johnson offered a corrective to those who saw the passage of civil rights legislation as the end of the black struggle in America. Rather, it represented the end of the beginning. ” It was not enough “to open the gates of opportunity. ”7 Johnson was now staking the future of his Great Society, his presidency, and his party on improving the lives of black Americans. While a noble and “ A L o t t a P e o p l e . . 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 9 long overdue undertaking, it also represented a risky political shift.
We have nothing against them or ever to do them any harm. ” Many white Americans took for granted the idea that more blacks in their community meant increases in crime and the introduction of social pathologies, such as drug and alcohol abuse and out-of-wedlock births. 23 Millions of whites believed that an influx of blacks threatened not just their communities, but their homes—and their self-identification as members of the middle class. A neighborhood transformed most animated white fears. Gallup regularly asked whites how they would feel about “great numbers” of “colored people” moving into their neighborhood.
American Maelstrom does not provide a traditional retelling or comprehensive recounting of the 1968 election. Readers will notice that some of the year’s Introduction ■ 7 key political events go unmentioned, including some that may seem directly relevant. To cover everything would mean a book double the size of the one you hold in your hands, but it would also mean focusing on elements of the campaign that tell us little about the politics of today. Rather, American Maelstrom considers the election from the perspective of what happened then, but also what happened after.
American Maelstrom : the 1968 election and the politics of division by Michael A. Cohen