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The Resource George Wallace : American populist, Stephan Lesher

George Wallace : American populist, Stephan Lesher

Label
George Wallace : American populist
Title
George Wallace
Title remainder
American populist
Statement of responsibility
Stephan Lesher
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • On a July afternoon in 1987, when Jesse Jackson stopped in Montgomery, Alabama, to pay his respects to former governor and presidential candidate George Wallace, a profound sense of irony surrounded the event - a sense of history having come full circle. That scene - the civil rights leader sitting down with the former segregationist - is the point of departure for Stephan Lesher's masterful George Wallace: American Populist. Wallace first captured the national spotlight
  • At the University of Alabama, personally obstructing a federal segregation order. As the governor used his resultant notoriety to argue for "getting the government off the backs of the people," to berate the Washington establishment and the hypocrisy of the "limousine liberals," and to voice the frustrations of the middle class in the face of academic and governmental elites, his critique was obscured by the racist taint, and what would become his true political legacy
  • Was overshadowed. For unbeknownst to his more urbane critics, George Wallace was setting the national political agenda for the remainder of this century. In electing Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and even Clinton, Lesher argues, the American people have voted for Wallace's ideas in gentrified form in every election since 1968. For good or ill, Wallace has not only become mainstream, it was he who diverted the nation's course. As such, in Lesher's view, he emerges as the
  • Most important loser in the history of presidential politics. In telling the Wallace story, Lesher brings to life what C. Vann Woodward calls the "burden of Southern history," placing Wallace and the sentiments he exploited in the context of Reconstruction and the long struggle, not just of black Americans, but of the white Southern poor as well. By tracing Wallace's rise from the rural poverty of Depression-era Alabama, Lesher allows us to see the whole, complex picture
  • Of a small-town politician who had always stood up for "ordinary folks" regardless of color, but who then made the most of racial division when it became politically expedient to do so. But Lesher is by no means out to excuse Wallace on race. His intent, like that of Wallace's own most potent rhetoric, is simply to not let the rest of us off so easy - as if by having our villains all bad, we ourselves might have some greater claim on goodness. Like Eyes on the Prize or
  • Parting the Waters in mirror image, George Wallace recreates the drama of Montgomery, of Selma, of Birmingham, and of Tuscaloosa ... only from the vantage point of those resisting change. It shows us the dark side of ambition, and the darker reality of American politics, where, in Lesher's unblinking view, such revered leaders as Jimmy Carter and Hubert Humphrey did no better than Wallace on the matter of race when forced to choose between principle and political gain
  • Written by a journalist who covered the governor and maintained a respectfully adversarial relationship with him for over thirty years, George Wallace is a political biography of startling insight based on the author's wide experience and unique access. It is a book that celebrates America's capacity for resilience and growth, and one that is filled with compassion for all who suffered through a turbulent era
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lesher, Stephan
Dewey number
  • 976.106092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F330.3.W3
LC item number
L47 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wallace, George C.
  • Wallace, George C.
  • Wallace, George C.
  • Wallace, George C
  • Wallace, George C
  • Governors
  • Alabama
  • Governors
  • Politics and government
  • Alabama
  • Populisme
  • Biographie
  • Biografie
Label
George Wallace : American populist, Stephan Lesher
Link
http://www.booknotes.org/Watch/54899-1/Stephan+Lesher.aspx
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A William Patrick book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 507-567) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm29387254
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 587 p.
Isbn
9780201407983
Lccn
93040384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o29387254
  • (OCoLC)29387254
Label
George Wallace : American populist, Stephan Lesher
Link
http://www.booknotes.org/Watch/54899-1/Stephan+Lesher.aspx
Publication
Note
"A William Patrick book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 507-567) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm29387254
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 587 p.
Isbn
9780201407983
Lccn
93040384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o29387254
  • (OCoLC)29387254

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