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The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Advance praise for The Progressive Revolution

"Using history as his canvas, Mike Lux illustrates how the progressive movement has made America a far better place, and how the conservatives who have opposed progressive change every step of the way have set our country back time and time again. Passionate and personal, The Progressive Revolution is as inspiring as it is informative."

Arianna Huffington, founder, HuffingtonPost.com, and bestselling author

"I think the world of Mike Lux, and think he may be one of the best organizers and thinkers we've ever seen in progressive politics and the progressive movement."

Tom Daschle, former Senate Majority Leader

"If you're a progressive like me, you'll love Mike Lux's book. He combines a historian's sweep with a blogger's punch. His book is essential reading for all of us who believe in progressive change."

Paul Begala, former counselor to President Bill Clinton, Democratic strategist

"A history of the ongoing battle between those who have fought for equal rights and the common good vs. those who have defended slavery, Jim Crow, and all manner of bad things in the name of preserving tradition is crucial for people to understand. Mike Lux has been a leader in the fight for progressive causes for a long time now, and he tells an important story about the nature of politics in America."

Donna Brazile, Gore 2000 campaign manager, Democratic strategist

"Mike is unique in being able to bridge the inside and outside in politics. He was the very first insider to notice MoveOn, just days after our first petition in 1998, and really helped us get our footing. And he's helped countless times since. Mike is that rarest breed: a populist insider. He brings that perspective to The Progressive Revolution, telling the great story of how progressives have given us a better America."

Wes Boyd, cofounder, MoveOn.org

"As a seasoned political practitioner with a keen grasp of American history, Mike Lux brings a special perspective to the task of defining the progressive challenge today. He finds the answers in the story of America's progress, which he tells with great care, insight, and originality."

David Brock, founder, Media Matters for America

"Mike Lux gets what so many others in professional politics don't: that being a good progressive has always been good politics. The fact that he has survived—and thrived—for so long in campaigns and elections is a testament not just to his personal perseverance, but to the power of a progressive message."

David Sirota, bestselling author of The Uprising

Review:

"This vigorous history of the progressive movement in America is both insightful and enjoyable, assuming one's politics line up with the author's (and subject's). Tracing a line of political thought from the founding fathers to the current Democratic congress, former Clinton advisor Lux presents an accessible if fawning look at progressive leaders like FDR, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. While regularly condemning conservative forces, Lux is willing to (infrequently) criticize his own side, and use facts and figures. While refocusing American history through the lens of modern progressive and conservative approaches, particularly in matters of suffrage, race and workers' rights, Lux often pits enlightened progressives against backwards, racist conservatives. Though liberals will find this an entertaining and educational overview, anyone on the fence will probably be unconvinced, though not necessarily unmoved." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Lux (president, Progressive Strategies, a Washington-based political consulting firm) credits all significant achievements of American society--e.g. the Bill of Right, public education, the emancipation of the slaves, food safety, the Homestead Act, land grant universities, women's suffrage, the abolition of child labor, the eight-hour workday, the minimum wage, Social Security, civil rights for minorities and women, environmental laws, consumer product safety, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.--to American progressives who have fought time and again against conservatives in recurring political arguments in which conservatives invoke fear and progressives invoke hope. His prescription for further progress involves urging the Democratic Party to adopt policies such as making it so "insurance companies and drug companies don't make such obscene profits," providing undocumented immigrants with a "fair path to citizenship," and "creating a public system to finance congressional campaigns." Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This is an accessible book that delineates how progressives and the progressive movement have created the American idea and ideals and forged the kind of country in which we want to live. It creates a platform from which to argue how progressives today are fighting to improve America, in contrast to how conservatives have always worked to defend the interests of elites.

Each chapter will tell the reader a story focusing on different subjects, such as efforts to enact civil rights laws, social security, the middle class, how the idea of America changed the world, and why most of us can vote.

Lux points out what he feels the Democrats have done wrong during the last decades and how the lessons of history can point to making positives changes. Lux shows how the progressives have been instrumental in creating big positive change moments, and argues that as a new administration takes office in 2009 the time will be ripe for a new big change moment,. He outlines how he believes progressive policies can be channeled to solves the big problems facing us today.

Synopsis:

This is an accessible book that delineates how progressives and the progressive movement have created the American idea and ideals and forged the kind of country in which we want to live. It creates a platform from which to argue how progressives today are fighting to improve America, in contrast to how conservatives have always worked to defend the interests of elites.

Each chapter will tell the reader a story focusing on different subjects, such as efforts to enact civil rights laws, social security, the middle class, how the idea of America changed the world, and why most of us can vote.

Lux points out what he feels the Democrats have done wrong during the last decades and how the lessons of history can point to making positives changes. Lux shows how the progressives have been instrumental in creating big positive change moments, and argues that as a new administration takes office in 2009 the time will be ripe for a new big change moment,. He outlines how he believes progressive policies can be channeled to solves the big problems facing us today.

About the Author

Michael Lux is the president of Progressive Strategies, a Washington-based political consulting firm; chair of the Board of American Family Voices; and a regular columnist for the Huffington Post. In 2007, he launched the popular blog OpenLeft.com with bloggers Matt Stoller and Chris Bowers. He was a special assistant to the president in Bill Clinton's first term.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction: The History of American Progress.

1 The Big Change Moments.

2 A Progressive Revolution: How Tom Paine and Thomas Jefferson Literally Invented the Idea of America.

3 The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Right to Think and Speak Freely.

4 Civil Rights, States’ Rights, and the Re-Creation of the American Idea.

5 The Battle over Democracy.

6 Trickle-Down vs. Bottom-Up.

7 The Dream and the Backlash.

8 Hope, Fear, and the Culture of Caution.

9 The Next Big Change Moment.

Notes.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470395110
Author:
Lux, Michael
Publisher:
Wiley (TP)
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Progressivism (united states politics)
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Progressive movement
Subject:
Progressive Era
Subject:
Progressive Party
Subject:
progressive politics
Subject:
liberal politics
Subject:
Liberalism
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
American politics
Subject:
political movements
Subject:
American political movements
Subject:
workers rights
Subject:
Social justice
Subject:
Labor movement
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Union
Subject:
unions
Subject:
Trade-unions
Subject:
trades unions
Subject:
Antitrust law
Subject:
Antitrust laws.
Subject:
trust-busting
Subject:
trust-busters
Subject:
Civil liberties
Subject:
left-wing
Subject:
Theodore Roosevelt
Subject:
Teddy Roosevelt
Subject:
William Taft
Subject:
Woodrow Wilson
Subject:
Frankline Delano Roosevelt
Subject:
FDR
Subject:
political ideology
Subject:
POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES
Subject:
Thomas Paine
Subject:
Thomas Jefferson
Subject:
Martin Luther King
Subject:
Jr.,
Subject:
Sojourner Truth
Subject:
Andrew Jackson
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Minimum wage
Subject:
Bill of Rights
Subject:
Social security
Subject:
Suffrage
Subject:
womens suffrage
Subject:
national park system
Subject:
Emancipation
Subject:
educations
Subject:
Consumer Product Safety.
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
U. S. history
Subject:
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Progressivism, Progressive movement, Progressive Era, Progressive party, progressive politics, liberal politics, liberalism, political science, American politics, political movements, American political movements, workers? rights, social justice, labor mo
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Progressivism, Progressive movement, Progressive Era, Progressive party, progressive politics, liberal politics, liberalism, political science, American politics, political movements, American political movements, workers? rights, social justice, labor mo
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Progressivism, Progressive movement, Progressive Era, Progressive party, progressive politics, liberal politics, liberalism, political science, American politics, political movements, American political movements, workers? rights, social justice, labor mo
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Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
January 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.3 x 1 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This vigorous history of the progressive movement in America is both insightful and enjoyable, assuming one's politics line up with the author's (and subject's). Tracing a line of political thought from the founding fathers to the current Democratic congress, former Clinton advisor Lux presents an accessible if fawning look at progressive leaders like FDR, Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. While regularly condemning conservative forces, Lux is willing to (infrequently) criticize his own side, and use facts and figures. While refocusing American history through the lens of modern progressive and conservative approaches, particularly in matters of suffrage, race and workers' rights, Lux often pits enlightened progressives against backwards, racist conservatives. Though liberals will find this an entertaining and educational overview, anyone on the fence will probably be unconvinced, though not necessarily unmoved." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This is an accessible book that delineates how progressives and the progressive movement have created the American idea and ideals and forged the kind of country in which we want to live. It creates a platform from which to argue how progressives today are fighting to improve America, in contrast to how conservatives have always worked to defend the interests of elites.

Each chapter will tell the reader a story focusing on different subjects, such as efforts to enact civil rights laws, social security, the middle class, how the idea of America changed the world, and why most of us can vote.

Lux points out what he feels the Democrats have done wrong during the last decades and how the lessons of history can point to making positives changes. Lux shows how the progressives have been instrumental in creating big positive change moments, and argues that as a new administration takes office in 2009 the time will be ripe for a new big change moment,. He outlines how he believes progressive policies can be channeled to solves the big problems facing us today.

"Synopsis" by ,
This is an accessible book that delineates how progressives and the progressive movement have created the American idea and ideals and forged the kind of country in which we want to live. It creates a platform from which to argue how progressives today are fighting to improve America, in contrast to how conservatives have always worked to defend the interests of elites.

Each chapter will tell the reader a story focusing on different subjects, such as efforts to enact civil rights laws, social security, the middle class, how the idea of America changed the world, and why most of us can vote.

Lux points out what he feels the Democrats have done wrong during the last decades and how the lessons of history can point to making positives changes. Lux shows how the progressives have been instrumental in creating big positive change moments, and argues that as a new administration takes office in 2009 the time will be ripe for a new big change moment,. He outlines how he believes progressive policies can be channeled to solves the big problems facing us today.

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